Cracked nipples: When it is dangerous & how to avoid them

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Cracked nipples or fissures may sometimes occur in women who are breastfeeding. Actually, young mothers may be surprised to find breastfeeding feels more complicated, awkward, or even painful than they expected. Breastfeeding is a learned skill for mothers and it can take some time to get the hang of it. Uncomfortable breastfeeding positions can cause your baby to squash the nipple as they feed, leading to cracked and painful nipples.


Cracked nipples: What you can do about them

There are a number of things you can do to treat cracked nipples:

If you aren’t breastfeeding

If you aren’t breastfeeding, but have cracked nipples, it can be a sign of other health conditions or even dangerous illnesses.

Cracked nipples are an emergency if accompanied by a pus-like discharge from the crack in the nipple, breast redness, a change in the skin texture resembling orange peel, fever, and pain in the breasts.   


You should watch out for cracked, damaged nipples, as they provide an entry point for bacteria, which can lead to a mastitis infection.


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