If the pain from cracked nipples persists, get it checked. Another solution can be to reset the baby’s position and make sure he or she is latching properly. You can also lubricate the nipples with breast milk. This will help reduce breast pain during breastfeeding.
If mastitis isn’t treated well or in time, then it can lead to a breast abscess, another reason for breast pain during breastfeeding. It can also occur if mastitis does not respond to frequent feedings or antibiotics. However, most breast abscess is the result of a bacterial infection. Pus gets collected in the breast tissue forming a lump.
A breast abscess can either come out on its own, with pus oozing out, or it will have to be removed surgically.
An improper latch is when the baby cannot get hold of your nipple and areola during breastfeeding. This can result in the above-mentioned conditions like blocked milk ducts, milk oversupply, mastitis, or engorgement.
If you feel that your breasts feel heavy even after breastfeeding, consult your doctor about this. Sometimes the baby is unable to latch and you aren’t able to position it well either. Taking help from the doctor can help you rectify this issue from the beginning.