This refers to the increased sensitivity of the nipples. Normally, the sensitivity of the nipples increases during pregnancy and peaks in the first few days after birth. Because this condition is essentially normal and temporal, often requiring no treatment, it is important to distinguish this cause of nipple pain from other causes of nipple pain that may require medical attention. Typically, it subsides some seconds after sucking commences and diminishes about the fourth to fifth day after delivery, completely resolving by the time the baby is about a week old. This is in sharp contrast to other causes of nipple pain in which the pain usually gets worse as breastfeeding continues, often extending beyond the first week of delivery unless treatments are given. For more information, please CHAT WITH OUR CONSULTANTS.
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Reference and further reading:
1. Lawrence R. Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Professional, 7th ed, 2010.
2. American Academy of Pediatrics and the Americal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, Shanler, RJ (Eds), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Villate, IL 2006.