Updated: Feb 25
The Hormonal changes women experience during pregnancy can cause breasts to become fuller. Sometimes stretching the skin which can irritate the areola and nipple. Nipples may experience physical changes like a change in colour. They might feel sensitive, sore or even ache.
Nipple fissures can occur during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding . They are painful cracks on the skin of the nipple and areola. In some cases they can become infected and may even suggest a yeast infection, so always best to get it checked!
Then we add postpartum and in many cases breast feeding which can cause all the same symptoms as experienced in pregnancy. Breastfeeding in many cases can make nipples feel and look dry, cracked or even flakey.
Many women suffer with sore nipples during pregnancy and whilst breast feeding. There are many explanations that could help prevent sore nipples for example your baby isn’t latching right. So If you are worried or in doubt then it’s always best to contact your doctor or midwife.
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