5 Natural Remedies for Sore Nipples From Breastfeeding (PHOTOS)

Nicole Fabian-Weber | Feb 8, 2013 Baby
5 Natural Remedies for Sore Nipples From Breastfeeding (PHOTOS)

nursingBreastfeeding is no walk in the park -- especially in the beginning. You leak milk; your boobs feel like rocks; and worst of all, your nipples are sore.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the uncomfortable feeling of sore (or, ugh, cracked) nipples. It's one of, if not the, hardest parts about nursing. Dear god, can it kill. But there are things that help -- things that can help that are natural for your precious little baby.

Here are 5 natural remedies for nipples that are sore from breastfeeding.

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  • Coconut Oil


    This was the first thing my doula suggested to me -- coconut oil. I can't say that it completely eliminated any and all pain, as, well, nothing really does, but it certainly helped.

  • Olive Oil


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    Rub a little organic olive oil on sore nipples after getting out of the shower or when needed. You'll smell a little like a salad bar, but it will certainly relieve some of the tenderness.

  • Comfrey Ointment


    Comfrey ointment has been around for thousands of years as a remedy for broken bones, sprains, fractures, and bruises. It's made from the Comfrey Leaf, known for its ability to heal, and it easily absorbs into the skin. 

  • Calendula Cream


    Calendula cream is a great, natural remedy that's safe for baby to swallow. It's made primarily with natural ingredients with minimal processing.

  • Breast Milk


    Breast milk! Before your baby latches on, squirt out a little breast milk onto your nipple and rub in -- they say breast milk is liquid gold, and they're not lying.


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