Treating Nipple Soreness
There are a number of creams and ointments on the market, and even some home remedies (such as cooking oil and honey), that claim to help promote healing but according to La Leche League, most commercial preparations and home remedies are not useful and some can even be harmful.
Breast milk is an excellent remedy for nipple soreness. It is natural, safe, always available, and free. Breast milk contains vitamin E and antibacterial properties which can protect the skin (preventing problems) and help promote healing of cracked and bleeding nipples (never apply vitamin E oil to your nipples because this can be toxic to your baby).
• After each feed, express some breast milk and gently rub it on your nipples and areola.
Tea bags, a common folk remedy used for nipple soreness, should be avoided. Tea contains tannic acid which acts as an astringent and can cause cracked and bleeding nipples.
• Apply a warm, moist compress (using only water) over your nipples for 15 minutes at a time.