Cracked nipples are usually caused by the baby not taking the nipple into his or her mouth properly. To avoid cracked nipples, make sure that your baby is positioned on your nipple correctly each time you breast-feed. Dry your nipples thoroughly after each feed and avoid plastic-lined breast pads, which may become damp and encourage soreness and infection. Emollient creams can prevent the skin from drying out but should be washed off before breast-feeding.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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