If you’re new to breastfeeding, some tenderness, roughness and dryness is to be expected since the nipples have never been used in that way before and you’re probably still finding the best breastfeeding position and fit. However — and this is a big however— there is a lot that doesn’t fall under “normal”. If you’re experiencing cracks and grazes at the tip of the nipple, it could indicate the prolonged compression we were talking about which can be painful, so best to get your technique assessed. If there’s flaking or scaling skin, it could be a sign of dermatitis, and if there’s a yellow crust around the nipple, it could potentially indicate a bacterial infection. Either way, if something seems or feels wrong to you, follow your instinct and seek the help of a health professional.

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