Post # 1
Probably tmi. im warning you now.
So when I have children in about 2-3 years I will be 100% committed to breast feeding.
My dilemma is I have really sensitive nipples ..like my FI softly nibbled one during sex 4 days ago and it’s still kinda sore.
how uncomfortable is breast feeding and is there anything you can do to help dull the soreness if it gets bad?
Post # 3
I used to have really sensitive nipples too. Like, DH was never allowed to touch, HAD to wear a bra or camisole all the time cause if they rubbed against a t-shirt I was SO uncomfortable.
I’ve noticed through my 3rd trimester they’ve really toughened up. It doesn’t bother me to leave them free like it used to & I’ve even managed to manually express a couple of drops of colostrum without any discomfort. I haven’t breastfed yet (still pregnant!) but I have faith that it’ll work out!
Post # 4
@Laurenskii: I was really sore for the first week or a bit longer, but the nipples toughen up and nipple cream is a huge huge help!
Post # 5
I also generally punched DH in the face if he got near my nipples because they were so sensitive. But the baby breastfeeding on them feels COMPLETELY different from a sexual sort of touch, so it wasn’t even an issue. The baby latches over almost your entire areola, which I assume your FI doesn’t do. Because that would be weird.
Post # 6
Yeah, it can be uncomfortable for a little while at first, but they toughen up.
Above all, get help from a good lactation consultant or a La Leche Leage leader if you’re having pain. Getting the latch right is really important to making the breastfeeding relationship work.
Post # 7
I had really sensitive nipples before having our DD, I talked to consultant and she said to help “toughen” them up you can use a wet wash cloth in the shower to rub over them slightly. Latching on really is a different sensation then messing with them in general but it definitely helped me to get used to it, also, after breastfeeding they are no longer sensitive to any touch, like really, DH has to mess with them pretty hard to get a reaction out of me now. Breastfeeding really knocks that sensitivity way down. At leastfor me.
Post # 8
@iarebridezilla: yeah that would be very odd lol
this is all really good news overall!
Post # 9
@BushelAndAPeck: @Laurenskii: Be careful with the towel-toughening! I tried it ONCE, I wasn’t even that rough & it made one of my nipples bleed (talk about ultra-sensitive). Not doing that again!
Post # 11
@Laurenskii: Check out the book Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin. She is an absolutely fantastic resource for pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding-related information, and the book contains a wealth of information you can use to work with your individual circumstances and issues.
Post # 13
@Laurenskii: I’m the same way- I couldn’t stand anything touching them and the thought of anyone latching onto them made me very panicky ( past sexual trauma) However it really is a totally different feeling. They would get sore and hurt specially at first but not in the same way. It was one of my biggest fears and trurned out to be NBD. I ended up exclusively pumping because in the end my issues due to my past made it emotionally too hard to bear, but pain wise was not an issue.
Post # 14
it MAY be a little painful the first few weeks. Make sure you learn how to latch well, because most of the time the pain really is from an incorrect latch. They will toughen up significantly in your third trimester and also in the first weeks of nursing. I’m a breastfeeding support advocate and I have definitely noticed that if you make if through the first few weeks it is SO much easier afterward. 🙂
Post # 15
I had crazy sensitive nipples too, like wanted to punch anyone that touched them and I had absolutely zero problems breastfeeding!
Post # 16
@Laurenskii: If you are really worried, towards the end of your pregnancy, soak two black tea bags in warm water and let them sit on your nipples. There is something in black tea that toughens skin which is why it can be used for tanning leather. I’m going to give it a go, I’m due in 13 weeks!