(Closed) Breastfeeding question…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not a mom, but have worked postpartum rotations….sometimes it might help to stick your pinky between your nipple and her mouth to “break the seal” before unlatching. Maybe have the lactation consultant stay with you for the entire feeding to see if she can offer you other suggestions. 

Post # 4
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I just had the breastfeeding portion of my child birth class yesterday.  The lactation consultant said the first month will be the most uncomfortable and then it gets better. She also recommended a few deep breaths when the baby initially latches on because there can be pain initially.  Also, have you tried any of the nipple creams?  I have heard good things about those.  Good luck.

Post # 5
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You might find that you are just more sensitive than some people, especially where the nipple has cracked and healed. You might find it helpful to use a nipple shield on that side when breastfeeding, it is a barrier between her mouth and your nipple and might make it more comfortable to breastfeed, so you feel like you can continue doing it for longer.

Post # 6
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you have a LLC near you. Every lactation consultant at the hospital was telling me she was latched on right but it hurt so bad. I mean it hurt so bad I wanted to give up. Then I met with a LLC consultant and she wasn’t latched on properly and from then on it didn’t hurt at all. 

I used nipple sheilds the hospital gave me for my right side. It was weird. My right nipple was perfect my whole pregnancy and then when it was time for breastfeeding it went flat. lol I would just start her on the nipple sheild so it could gain shape and then take it off. It’s kind of annoying. 

Post # 7
3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

This is the advice my mother was given with me. The nipple was so badly cracked that it was hanging my skin on one side (apparentlyl, this story might have some exaggeration):

Just keep feeding! The baby’s saliva is good for it and really, you just have to push through.


Post # 8
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve also heard that dabbing breast milk on your nipples after feeding will help to heal them. Just put it on and then let it dry. (full disclosure- I’m not a mama, but Fiance calls me a ‘researcher’ and I love to be educated on all that I can before I get there, lol). So it may or may not work as peachy as described, but I figure it’s some pretty awesome stuff, it’s worth a shot. 

Post # 9
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

try using Lansinoh and also make sure you break her seal before she unlatches.

Post # 10
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

While I never got to the point of bleeding, I can definitely say it gets better.  I used to take deep breaths and count to 10.  If it still hurt, then I’d use my pinky to break the latch & try again.  I used soothies in the fridge, and those things are miracle workers…I think I read about them on here, and that kept me from ever getting too bad.

In my class they said just try to make it for a month, and it will get better after that.  i don’t remember when things got easier for me, but my son is 5 months, and nursing it super easy now.  Even when he pulls on me, I can handle it now, lol.

Post # 11
1543 posts
Bumble bee

Push through, it gets better, I promise. Mine were so sore for a while, that I would literally cry when nursing. I pushed through.  But like PP’s have said, try using nipple shields and the Lasinoh definitely helps, as well as rubbing some of your milk on them and letting it dry. Get the little pads to put between your nipple and your bra, though, because the Lasinoh is extremely greasy, and it will stain your bra and clothes. Good luck!

Post # 12
7522 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I used nipple shields and they really helped.

Post # 13
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

My right nipple tends to hurt more than the left.  Baby also had more difficulty latching for a few days on that side after 2 weeks of doing fine on it. The nipple looks a little different (slanted?) when she comes off on occasion and 1 time I pumped and blood came out! Yikes.

Anyway, to alleviate pain, I put baby up to the breast (not the other way around), squeeze (nipple sandwich) to push it all the way in for her (just at the beginning). Also, you could just skip the painful side’s feeding.  Just have baby feed on the less painful one if it’s really bad and just pump out on the painful side if I’m feeling engorged before the next feeding. The pain is evening out (a few weeks later) but I definitely prefer to feed on one side than the other.

Also, I feed only on one side at each feeding. Hope this helps. I apply Lansinoh before showering…and whenever I can’t stand the pain. One day I took Ibuprofen but I don’t think it really helped. It just was so sore, I had to do something.

Post # 14
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@dchokiebride3:  It took me 6 weeks to feel just kind of ok and 3 full months to feel really comfortable.  Even now I occasionally get sore, but it is sooo worth it!

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