Re: My nipples feel like they’re on fire. What could this be?
Whenever a mom feels nipple pain, it's always a good idea to have a lactation consultant or knowledgeable healthcare provider check your positioning and latch-on technique while the baby is at the breast. Once a proper latch is assured, the most likely cause of this burning feeling on the nipple or breast is thrush. This burning, shooting feeling usually occurs toward the end or immediately following the feeding. Many moms experience this feeling in the breast even when they’re not breastfeeding at the time. Most times, this burning feeling will begin in one breast before it eventually progresses to the other breast as the thrush grows and becomes more problematic. Quick, consistent, and thorough treatment is essential to completely eradicate thrush as it is extremely stubborn and may recur if not treated properly.