Experts will tell you that if breastfeeding hurts, you're doing it wrong. That's mostly true. But pull your friends aside and they may tell you the entire truth: In the beginning, there's an adjustment period. Especially if you're a first-time mom, your nipples have to toughen up before breastfeeding will be completely pain-free. Until then, latch-on can sting for a second, then make you sore for up to a minute. However, soreness that lasts indicates a problem. If it's hurting more than a minute into the nursing session:
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; La Leche League
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