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Nipples, sore

Extracted from Survival Guide to Midwifery, 2nd Edition (2012) Diane M. Fraser and Margaret A. Cooper, Oxford; Churchill Livingstone: 2012. Courtesy Elsevier

Sore and damaged nipples are almost always caused by trauma from the hard palate of the baby's moth and tongue, resulting from incorrect attachment to the breast. Correcting this will provide immediate relief from pain and allow rapid healing to take place. Resting the nipple is not advised as, although this enables healing to take place, it may make continuation of lactation more difficult.

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