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Sore nipples? 5 home remedies new moms swear by!

Shikha Garg
0 to 1 years

Created by Shikha Garg
Updated on May 09, 2020

Sore nipples 5 home remedies new moms swear by
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Breastfeeding – a great many benefits and a lovely way to bond with your baby but at the same time, not the most comfortable thing to do, especially for the first-time mom. Sore nipples can be a real pain – and the pain is accompanied with extreme tenderness, itchiness and swelling. At times, you will notice a discharge too such as pus or a white, watery fluid. What you crave for at that time is immediate relief – here are some easy-do remedies; apply regularly to ease up things for yourself… I have tried,  my friends tried too, and we all found relief, and it’s your turn now!

1. Breast milk: Did you know that your own milk is the best healer? Surprise! Yes, it is. After all, nature does provide a cure for everything! So squeeze your breast and rub some of the milk on your nipples. Do it as a practice, before and after feed, till the soreness subsides.

2. Apple paste: Apple paste every day keeps sore and cracked nipples away! Make a paste out of one apple slice and apply it on the affected nipple. Let it dry and then wash it with normal water. Repeat till you find relief.

3. Tulsi leaves paste: Take a handful of Tulsi leaves, wash them thoroughly and grind them into a fine paste. Apply this paste on your nipples. Once it dries up, wash thoroughly with normal water. You can do this 3-4 times a day to reduce the soreness.

4. Oil massage: Dry skin is one of the main reasons for soreness, so a massage with coconut or mustard oil is a great fix. Warm up the oil before massaging the affected area and remember to wash before the next feed.

5. Desi ghee: Desi ghee (homemade is best) is another restorative. And the good thing about desi ghee is that you can leave it on your nipple while feeding the baby, as desi ghee is harmless.

So try these out and do write in with your feedback – did any of this help or not? Please so share any remedies that worked well for you – share with other moms in the comments section below and get them the much-needed relief.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Feb 21, 2017

useful information thanks

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| Feb 21, 2017

ooh thank for information

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| Feb 21, 2017

Very much helpful thanks a ton

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| Feb 21, 2017

after every feed apply coconut oil n leave it . even u can feed again without washing . it's not harmful. another remedy is freeze a slice of cabbage in freezer . apply tht cold cabbage leaf on breast . it will b helpful even with hard breast . let ur breast dry by itself openly .

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| Feb 22, 2017

Hi plz share some food chart for my baby. Till now he has no teeth and also he is not able to seat.

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| Feb 22, 2017

hi Jyoti, Don't worry . Plz go through these blogs. "make teething easy for your baby with these tips ".

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| Mar 07, 2017

I applied design ghee... nd it's effective..

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| May 01, 2017

wow.... it is very good info.. thanks ..

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| May 03, 2017

Very nice solutions. Thanks.

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| May 08, 2017

very nice

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| May 11, 2017

thanks

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| May 12, 2017

I trust Himalaya For Moms - Nipple butter care.. If nothing works as mentioned above ( my case ).. go for d cream.. It really helps!!

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| May 14, 2017

cold compression by ice packs after feeding helps reducing the pain and swelling

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| Jun 30, 2017

thanks

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| Oct 02, 2017

very effective remedies. thanks for the blog .

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| Oct 17, 2017

thanks for d information.

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| Nov 30, 2017

thank you so much everyone . I did all the 5 steps and it really work wonders for me albeit the pain is still there while feeling but I hope by tomorrow I will be completely healed.... thank you so much..... thanks a ton.

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| Dec 13, 2017

Thank you ...i am suffering since last two weeks

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| Dec 13, 2017

Thank you ...i am suffering since last two weeks

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| Dec 13, 2017

Thank you ...i am suffering since last two weeks

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| Dec 13, 2017

Thank you ...i am suffering since last two weeks

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| Jun 06, 2018

thanks a lot Shikha Garg

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| Jun 07, 2018

nice

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| Jun 07, 2018

Applying ghee on the sore nipple has worked. someone has also mentioned about messaging the nipple with almond oil. I did both & it really worked. Today I gave bm & the pain is comparatively quite reduced..... Thanks for your suggestions

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| Jul 21, 2018

Thank you mam I ll try

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| Jul 21, 2018

Thank you mam I ll try

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| Jul 22, 2018

Thanks for the information.

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| Feb 03, 2019

How should I know if my baby's stomach is full I have a 3 month old baby n my nipple becomes red after each feed n it pains a lot Wt should b done ??

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| Jan 21, 2020

Same is the situation with me. Did you find any solution for this? If yea then please let me know too.

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| Dec 07, 2019

Quite helpful

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| Dec 07, 2019

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| Dec 07, 2019

Hi Uguru Praise Metong ! Thank you.

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| Dec 14, 2019

Thank you doctor...

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| Apr 06, 2020

Honey works great as well too ....👍

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