Post # 1
I read a couple of the breastfeeding threads that I found and I’m just curious if anyone else has experienced this.
I’ve been having some pretty severe nipple pain, especially on the left. My left nipple was cracked and bleeding at first and caused Kayla to spit up blood twice in the first week. I tired to push through, but ended up at about 2 weeks pumped from that side for a weekend to let the nipple heal.
It is much better and not bleeding, but breastfeeding from both sides really isn’t comfortable. It’s get a little bit better after she is latched on, but I’m wondering if this continues to get better or if I should just expect to hate breastfeeding the whole time I do it? It’s been 3 weeks now so if I only have to endure another week or so I can do it but I don’t know.
Also, I know nipple pain is mostly due to latch problems but all the lactation consultants and the nurse practitioners I’ve talked to have watched her latch and said that it looks like she and I are doing well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
try using Lansinoh and also make sure you break her seal before she unlatches.
Post # 10
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
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
I used nipple shields and they really helped.
Post # 13
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
@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!
Post # 15
Thanks for all the comments ladies! It’s nice to hear that it might be normal that it still hurts. It’s seems to be getting a little bit better. I think the football hold works best on my painful side. 🙂
Post # 16
Oh and I have tried the nipple shields for those of you that suggested that. I actually think that made my left nipple worse as the nipple on the shield was long and Kayla had a hard time getting a lot of boob in her mouth.