(Closed) Breastfeeding

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@roxy821:  It is completely normal in the begining to have some cracks and bleeding. Keep feeding through it though and your nipples will toughen up. I would layer on the Lanolin like it was going out of style (especially after a shower).

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with PP. I had that happen to me the first day (cracking and bleeding) and you just have to keep going through with it. I wanted to stop so many times but I pushed through the pain. Just absolutely make sure the latch is good, and if it isn’t take her off right away!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Congrats! I agree it’s normal to have some cracking and bleeding even if your baby’s latch is good. My son’s latch was good (checked by lactation consultants and multiple nurses) but one nipple still experienced bleeding and was sore. I also got a clogged nipple pore. My other nipple, which he fed from for the same amount of time, if not more, was completely fine however. After about a week my nipple healed and now everything’s fine.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Some cracking/ dryness/ bleeding is ok in the beginning because your nipples are getting used to it but if it continues you may want to work on her latch or get a nipple shield (i had one and it was a LIFESAVER because my let down was SO strong.) definitely used lanolin cream (won’t effect baby) in between feedings to heal up faster. good luck and congrats on giving your baby  the best start!! 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I also experienced some pain with initial latch.  I feel like this maybe peaked around 2 weeks (when babies kind of “wake up” and nurse a bunch).  Just know it wont last forever, and maybe check in with an IBCLC/LC just to make sure everything is still going great.  In the meantime, I would recommend using lots of lanolin or either Earth Mama Angel Baby or Mother Love nipple creams.  Also, get some Hydro gel pads.  And give your boobies lots of air time and sunshine if you can.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yep, I experienced this too. They do say that with the proper latch you shouldn’t experience any pain at all, but I’m not sure I 100% believe that. Sure I bet you can avoid severe cases but they have to still get sensitive. Have you felt the suction of a baby? lol. What I did was when I took my salt bath I soaked my nipples in the water. It seemed to help it the best of anything. And of course slather on the lanolin like it’s going out of style!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@roxy821:  Honestly, it shouldn’t be that long. I only experienced drying and cracking for maybe 2 weeks. If it’s still bleeding etc it may that she isn’t latching properly. Maybe try to the shield?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had blistering due to a poot latch. That was the pits.

 

However my OB got me a really great nipple cream which I applied after every nursing session and it remedied the pain very quickly.

I would say that some pain/cracking might be normal, but make sure you get a good nipple cream to help your nipples heal.

 

Congrats on your new little one 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@roxy821:  what did they say to help her get passed that?  Would pumping and bottle work better?  I’m not a fan of trying to solely pump seems like a lot of work but might be worth a try?

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@roxy821:  Hopefully you get it figured out soon. My DS was born extremely tongue-tied so naturally he couldn’t latch. We got it clipped but his suck is still weak. I pump only, he is much happier on the bottle. I would like to be able to EBF him but it was very challenging and frustrating for the both of us. I will be looking for an update.

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