(Closed) Breastfeeding Troubles / A Question

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 18
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Sugar bee

For me I used lanolin at first and then occassionally until maybe 6-8 weeks.  My little girl is 5 months and a bit and I haven’t felt the need for it since but I never got to the blister state.

Post # 19
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Worker bee

I breastfed my son for almost a year & what kept me going was “breast is best” being chanted over & over in the back of my head. I also liked the closeness I felt during mealtime. He did go through that biting phase but when he did it I didn’t give him a reaction I just took away the nipple & he quickly learned that when u bite mommy mealtime is over.. lol

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was thinking about this yesterday. Most of my friends gave up breastfeeding and I was wondering why I stuck with it. Then I realized that my grandmother was my strongest supporter. She told me my whole life how women in our family have great milk supplies and where fanatastic nursers. That the soreness was temporary and all the benefits of nursing. I went on house calls with her as a kid and watched her encourage other nursing moms (she was the area herbalist/lactation consultant). She prepared me long before I ever gave birth and by the time I had a baby it was inconceivable not to breastfeed. What choice did I have? I couldn’t be the one woman in 15 generations to fail at breastfeeding!

I really think that being completely convinced that you will be absolutely successful is the key. Most of my friends gave up because they were afraid. Afraid the pain would last forever, afraid they couldn’t do it, afraid the baby wasn’t getting enough milk, afraid they would run into a problem, afraid of saggy boobs, etc. I had none of those fears. I knew I would succeed so I did. And my granny had perky boobs for a woman in her 70’s and she nursed four babies! LOL

You can do this. You can teach her not to bite momma. You can meet her increased demands. Your breasts were uniquely created for the task! Just believe in yourself.  

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I HATED HATED HATED breastfeeding the first month. And my daughter had a great latch, milk was flying out everywhere, so in my case even though it was easy it ws still so so hard. It isn’t a “natural” process and you and your baby have to learn together and teach each other. It’s so painful but it eventually goes away.

Every day I would say to myself “this is my last day” and then I would wake up (or something!) the next day and do it again. Take it one day at at time. By month three I loved nursing! We also supplemented with formula since day one-one feeding a day just to give me a break and so Darling Husband could be involved and that did a lot to help my mental stress.

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@troubled: I’ve heard many moms suggest lanolin for nipples. Do you get this from the hospital, or is it something you can just buy at the pharmacy and is it in a liquid form or more of gel?

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@bells: It is a pretty thick gel that you can get in almost any chain store or pharmacy.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Epworth UMC & Ward Pavilion

@firsttimemom: For me, my nipples definitely toughened up over time so I didn’t get sore, scabby, and painful later on in the process. There were a few times I would get sore again, but it was usually due to the baby teething (and therefore nursing differently) and it was never as bad as it was in the beginning. Definitley get Lanolin! I only used it maybe five times, but it was totally worth it. And I still have a ton left for any future babies!

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@firsttimemom: From my experience you can have it happen again but you’ll tend to get past it faster.  Between feedings, as PPs said, use a balm like lanolin or Motherlove’s Nipple Cream, or Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Natural Nipple Butter.  I prefer the second two options because lanolin makes me itch and the other two are less thick so much easier to put on. 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@firsttimemom: I suggest Lanolin. I’ve had pain come back from DS biting, and that’s helped the pain go away and keep my nipple from cracking or bleeding. The key is to use it often (after every feeding, before every shower). The Lanolin is expensive (about $8-$10 a tube) but a little goes a long way.

@bells: I use lansinoh lanolin and you can get it just about anywhere (Walmart, grocery store in the baby aisle, any baby store in the nursing section, most pharmacies, etc). I’ve tried samples of two other brands (medela was one) but I liked the Lansinoh the best. It’s a thick cream but once you start massaging it in it warms up and rubs in well. It’s awesome before showers to protect you from the water/soap which can dry your skin out and make the pain worse. The medela lanolin was thinner and easier to get on, but seemed to rub off quicker on clothing, which when you can’t walk around half naked, all day is a pain. Literally and figuratively.

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Thanks for explaining it to me!! Smile

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I wanted to give up around 6-8 weeks when Liv hit a growth spurt and was on my every hour to eat.  I read Camries post (someone linked to it above) and she got me through it.  It seems like since then, its been totally smooth sailing.  Ive never had any cracks/blisters/bleeding, but for soreness early on Id use Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter.  You dont have to wipe it off before you Boyfriend or Best Friend your LO like you do Lanolin, and its a lot less harsh.  Now we use it for face lotion and I put it on her lips so they dont get chapped.  Also on her hands because shes starting to chomp on them all day long =o)  Keep at it.  I promise the rough patches go away

Post # 29
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Sugar bee

@bells:  My hospital gave out a couple small tubes but I brought some to the hospital too, I’m not sure that all hospitals give it out.  The lanolish lanolin ultra pure stuff also doesn’t haven’t to be wiped off before you nurse so I used it before nursing, after nursing, after showering, before bed….basically all the time.  I even used it a bit in my last month of pregnancy, not sure if it helped at all but I don’t think it hurt.  And I cocoa buttered up the nips too during pregnancy.  

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Thanks this is all so useful, I’m still in my 2nd trimester but aready feel like I have days when my nipples are really dry so I’ll give this a try

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