Sucking blisters

My son is one month old and from his second day of life I noticed that the inner part of his lips started to fade and become somewhat swollen, looking like his lips are chapped. He likes to use my breast as a "pacifier." Could I be letting him suck too long? Is it possible that breastfeeding may be causing my son's lips to blister?

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It is not unusual for a young baby to develop a sucking blister on the inside of his lips. These are more commonly seen in babies under six months of age, and most likely result from vigorous sucking.

It's great that your baby is satisfying both his nutritional and sucking needs at your breast. Frequent feeds will help to keep your milk supply abundant, and insure lots of cuddling time. Continue to allow your little guy to nurse without restricting the time he spends at your breast.

If breastfeeding is going well -- you are both comfortably nursing, and your baby is growing well -- I wouldn't worry at all about the appearance of a sucking blister. If you are experiencing any other problems with nursing, consult an IBCLC in your area. My best wishes.

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