5 Tips for Pain-Free Nips

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A Breastfeeding Guide by Kelly Faytrouni, Registered Nurse, Thompson Method Breastfeeding Practitioner & International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Nature & Nurture Breastfeeding


Breastfeeding is a beautiful and rewarding journey for both the mother and her little one. It’s a time of bonding, nourishment, and an opportunity to provide the best start in life for your baby. However, it can also come with its fair share of challenges, and one of the most common concerns that breastfeeding mums face is nipple pain.

But fear not! We’ve got you covered with five valuable tips for pain-free nips and successful breastfeeding.

In this article, we are thrilled to have local mum Kelly Faytrouni, Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Thompson Method Breastfeeding Practitioner, and experienced breastfeeding mother of six, as our guide.

Kelly’s expertise and personal experience make her the perfect woman to share these tips with all the new mums out there who may be experiencing discomfort during their breastfeeding journey.

With Kelly’s many years of experience, she now provides her clients with deep insights into common breastfeeding challenges, including nipple pain. She understands the physical and emotional toll it can take and has dedicated herself to helping mothers overcome these obstacles.



No more toe-curling pain, mamas!

With Kelly’s knowledge of Face To Breast Symmetry—a key principle of the Thompson Method, founded by Dr Robyn Thompson—and practical tips, you can discover how to enjoy a pain-free breastfeeding journey that will bring joy and comfort to both you and your baby.

So, whether you are an expectant mother preparing for the arrival of your little one or a new mum struggling with nipple pain, this article will equip you with essential strategies to make your breastfeeding experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.


Let’s dive into Kelly’s five invaluable tips for pain-free nips and unlock the secrets to successful breastfeeding.


  1. Avoid common forceful techniques such as cross cradle, nipple to nose, hamburger approach. Dr Robyn Thompson’s research supports a more gentle cradle approach. Dr Robyn’s life’s work and PhD research is based on why so many women were experiencing painful nipple trauma on early discharge from hospital.  The key principles of the Thompson Method demonstrate that a baby doesn’t need an open wide mouth or lots of areola. This allows the baby to vacuum the nipple without use of forceful techniques or nipple-to-nose manipulation.
  2. Learn about the 3 Golden Hours and how factors such as the decisions made in labour, birth preferences and the first breastfeed impact your breastfeeding journey.
  3. Understand how your body works to produce breast milk. This common concern can sometimes be the beginning of unnecessary breast milk extraction and early introduction of bottles and teats. Education = informed decision
  4. Be with your baby. Breastfeeding frequently and enjoying skin-to-skin in those first 72-96 hours is crucial in establishing breastfeeding.
  5. Preparation during pregnancy! Don’t leave it to chance.


About Kelly

As well as Kelly’s professional experience, she is a local mother of 6 breastfed babies. Kelly’s youngest who is now 3 is the reason she began her journey in supporting mothers to successfully breastfeed.

Kelly states, “Breastfeeding was extremely painful, overwhelming and very challenging with my 6th baby. I have since developed a newfound passion for breastfeeding support and education. As well as becoming a breastfeeding consultant, I have also worked alongside hundreds of mothers and their babies to overcome painful breastfeeding complications.”

At Nature & Nurture Breastfeeding, Kelly and her team provide group breastfeeding education sessions, The Beautiful Breastfeeding Program for pregnant women as well as one on one consultations with mothers and their babies, in-home or even online if you prefer.

Whether you’re pregnant or already breastfeeding, Kelly and her team will work with and beside you on your unique journey.

Connect with Kelly via email at info@natureandnurturebreastfeeding.com or visit www.natureandnurturebreastfeeding.com