Why are the tips of my nipples white and it hurts?

Kelley - posted on 03/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




my son is 8 weeks old and he gets very fussy while eating, pulling of my nipple and re-latching. useing me as a chew toy. ive tried switching side. it hurts so bad and when he is done the tip of my nipple turns white and i get a stinging burning pain 4 like the next 20 min. i don't want to stop nursing, im so upset.... but i don't know what else i can do. any one else experience this, does it go away


Emma - posted on 05/15/2009




sounds like thrush, you need to see your doctor to get treatment for babys mouth and your nipples. you need to regularly change bras to stop re-infecting.

thrush in babys mouth will be sore and so finds it difficult to latch on properly

User - posted on 05/01/2009




When I first started nursing my son this happened to me.. After talking to a lactation specialist I found that it was that he still hadn't learned to latch on properly, so he was, for lack of a better term, cutting off circulation to the end of my nipples. I found that if you pinch and twist them in your fingers gently right after she's done nursing it'll go away fast, and won't be a problem. After a few months of nursing he finally got it down and now it's a very rare occasion, but it'll still happen if he's too distracted when eating. The other person is right.. talk to your Dr. and they should be able to determine if it's a problem or if she's just not latching on correctly.. good luck!

Fairest Dakota - posted on 02/04/2014




my breast hurt so bad, I have a sour smell to my milk, I get bumps around my nipple. He throws up the milk right after eating. my boobs hurt almost all day long, I don't know what to do. im thinking about switching to the formula that is closest to breastmilk because the pain is horrible for me and he acts like he doesn't like it.

Sarah - posted on 06/25/2009




see, i think i had what you had. i read about it and online said it was milk blisters. DON'T pop them! it makes it hurt SOO much worse! the only thing i did to make them go away was to let him only nurse on the side that didn't hurt. When both sides hurt i gave him TONS of solid food, and pumped (that didn't hurt for some reason). he'd drink breastmilk from a cup (he refuses his bottle). i put lanolin on my nipples, and i used a nipple shield thingy to keep my nipples from rubbing against my clothes. give it about 48 hours without letting baby latch on, and then it should get better...at least in my experience.


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Rabaab - posted on 05/08/2009




yeah this was happening to me too, he is only 8 weeks old, he probably has not learned how to latch on. Here in switzerland you get like a nipple to put on your breast, it is like a bottle nipple to go on the breast to make it easier for the baby to drink. this was a great help to me. for the first 3 and half months my son drank that way and then i removed it slowly so that he drank directly from me..

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2009




Hi, now having fed 2 children, my daughter for 15 months, my son is 14 weeks, "we" have had thrush...this sounds a bit like what you are describing.. easilly treatable, you have done nothing to cause this, some of us are more susceptible to it....visit your doc or chemist? it will go but is putrid.....please dont be upset, i know i was thinking it ws me.

saying that it might not be but get a health professional to help, thats wot they are there for!!

hope all goes well hun


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