Many mothers experience some degree of soreness in the early days of nursing. While some tenderness may be considered normal, seeing signs of irritation, or worse, seeing reddened areas, bruising, or broken skin is a sign of a poor latch technique or a result of a nipple that is in some way out of the ordinary, or due to some abnormality in the baby’s mouth.
Out of the blue, perhaps after a period of comfortable nursing, you may find that your nipples are sore. They may appear shiny pink, or perhaps a bit scaly. In severe cases, the nipples may appear cracked. Some mothers complain of deep shooting pains in their breasts. They may burn or perhaps feel itchy. You may have a yeast infection and your baby may have oral thrush, yeast in his or her mouth.
A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis is caused by yeast known as candida albicans, a type of fungus. Yeast infections usually happen in warm, moist parts of the body, such as the mouth and moist areas of skin.
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The Yeast Beast (or Late Onset Sore Nipples)
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