How can I stop nipple compression pain?
Nipple compression pain can be treated in a number of ways. Mothers can massage the nipple root to soften it and then ensure that the baby has a good latch, taking as much of the breast into the mouth as possible. This is often made easier by breastfeeding while using the sandwich technique, squeezing the breast until the pain is significantly reduced. Mothers can also change the baby’s position from one feed to the next. The cross-cradle and under-arm holds put pressure on the nipple in different directions. Some mothers like the laid-back hold. If the baby is latching well, mothers can even try changing holds during a feed. The baby should not stay on the breast for more than 20 minutes but rather should be taken off when the feed is done. If these approaches don’t work, mothers can occasionally express. As the pain goes away, the expression is gradually replaced by breastfeeding. A small number of mothers will use nipple shields until the pain is tolerable.