Is breastfeeding painful

Breastfeeding Pain


Things that Could Cause Pain while Breastfeeding...

A bad latch is the most common cause of breastfeeding pain:

The good news: There is no single right way to attach a baby to a breast. Anything that helps your baby get on the breast deeply and comfortably, and ends in good milk transfer is the “right" breastfeeding position or technique for you.

If breastfeeding is painful, there are things that you can do to help…

  • An uncomfortable breastfeeding position

If the mother and baby are not comfortable during breastfeeding, it could lead to many different problems during breastfeeding, including pain...

Learn more about the laid-back breastfeeding position.

Most mothers feel weird pins and needles feeling in their breasts when let-down occurs, and others say that it is quite painful.

While having too much milk may seem like a good problem to have, the rush of milk from an overfull, engorged breast, can make feedings stressful and uncomfortable for both the mother and her baby.


  • Breastfeeding with flat or inverted nipples

Some types of nipples like concave, flat or inverted nipples might make it more difficult for a baby to latch on. For a baby to nurse successfully,  he/she must be able to grasp the nipple and stretch it forward and upward against the roof of the mouth. The most important thing to remember is that a baby should get as much of your breast into the mouth as possible…

Other variations of nipples that may cause problems while breastfeeding.

  • Breastfeeding with extra large breasts or nipples

Having large breasts and/or nipples may cause some breastfeeding issues and frustration. Many mothers experience bleeding, blistering and mastitis, but this is more common in big breasted women. People sometimes think that mothers with bigger breasts have an easy time breastfeeding, but that is not always true.

  • Dealing with a nipple blister "bleb."

A bleb can heal on its own after a few weeks, but sometimes the pain is tremendously bad during breastfeeding.


  • Breastfeeding pain caused by the baby biting during breastfeeding

Some mothers think that they need to wean when their babies start biting while breastfeeding, but this is not true. 

How to handle teething while breastfeeding.

A plugged duct is formed when some of the milk inside a duct dries up and stops the rest of the milk from flowing; it is mostly due to the mother not draining the breast properly. This usually happens in the early days of breastfeeding, when the mother is very engorged, this may cause some painful breastfeeding sessions.


Dealing with engorgement on top of having a new baby to care for day and night can cause Mom some serious stress, but there are ways to treat breast engorgement and breastfeeding pain caused by breast engorgement.