Breastfeeding is meant to be a comfortable and pleasant experience. When you are first getting started with breastfeeding, you may feel awkward â€“ that is common. It will take some practice and patience to get relaxed. Remember, both you and your baby are learning a new skill.
Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt, but many new mothers find that in the first week or two of nursing, they may experience nipple tenderness and soreness. This is normal and will improve as the baby gets better at nursing.
Breast Care by Medela (592k pdf)