King Edward Memorial Hospital
Breastfeeding Centre of WA
- Do not use soap or shampoo on your nipples.
- Harsh abrasive conditioning / treatment of nipples is NOT required.
- If you think your nipples are flat or inverted, seek advice.
- If baby is correctly attached at the breast you won’t experience any discomfort.
- After each breastfeed, express a few drops of milk to smooth over your nipple and allow to
dry. The milk moisturises the nipple and provides a protective barrier against infection.
- Ensure you change your nursing pads if they become wet through.
- If your nipples are tender/sore or damaged, it is important to seek assistance. Purified
lanolin may be applied to nipples, using a cotton bud, if they are damaged.
- Always handle breasts with clean hands.
- Causes of sore nipples can be related to any of the following:
- poor positioning of baby
- dermatitis or eczema
- vasospasm (tightening of the blood vessels in the nipple)
- If your nipples become damaged, express milk to feed your baby while you seek assistance from a lactation consultant.