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raw nipples and hurts to nurse!!

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When I was in the hospital they told me I was doing a great job. Now my nipples are cracked and pink, almost raw at the tip. It hurts when I nurse at times, especially on my left. I don't pump because I don't want her to get nipple confusion. I hand express sometimes and it makes me feel a little better . She is only a week old. Have any of you had this problem? What do you suggest i do about my nipple? It is red puffy and raw!! Please help!!
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Is coronary artery disease "normal?" Or is it a "common" problem? Ask any heart specialist and they will not consider it normal.

Yes, it's COMMON. Doesn't mean it's a normal situation.

Quoting jamamama00:

How can you insist it isn't "normal" when TONS of posts on here (this specific post, and others in general) say otherwise? Obv if a great deal of women experience this, it is "normal"

jamamama00
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

LOL about your last sentence! I hear that! Have you seen the LLL brochures lately? I actually saved the ones from my last birth. RIDICULOUS is what they are. I have one that totally blasts the "pain" thing....which pisses me off to no end because I can tell you, mine hurt like hell!

Quoting gdiamante:

 

Quoting jamamama00:

Sorry, but that's incorrect.

Actually, she was correct in stating that pain throughout a feeding is NOT considered normal... no matter what your skin tone.

Women with soft/sensitive nipples take much longer to toughen up. It's a documented fact that women w/ fair skin are more prone to these issues.

Yes, that is true. What is a concern is pain that lasts through a feeding. Initial latch is expected to be painful and to remain that way for at least a week, often longer. 

In fact, any farmer or rancher can tell you that it's normal in farm animals as well. Not all women have "leathery" nipples. The lactation world does not want to inform women of the truth about this, because they feel that it would discourage women from breastfeeding.

Not really. One of the tenets is that it WILL hurt in the beginning. But what's considered normal is pain, even toe-curling pain, at initial latch and for the first minute. If it doesn't subside from toe-curling through the feeding, there's a deeper problem.

As you can clearly see from the other posts on here, MANY women suffer from extremely painful nipples in the first stages of bf. I bf'd my last for ten months, so I can assure you it was not an issue w/ my latch or tongue tie. I also gave birth w/ no drugs at all, yet the pain of bf on a cracked nipple was ten times worse than natural childbirth.

Oh, yes. And cracks are a sign of a problem with the latch. Yes, pain is COMMON. Common does not mean "normal."

If lactivists want women to breastfeed for longer, they need to start telling the truth about the situation, instead of all of this "hearts and rainbows" jazz....

No hearts and rainbows here! I hated breastfeeding the whole time I did it. 


jamamama00
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I digress....you are right. I guess my issue w the word "normal" is that by saying something is not normal, it can make a mom feel like something is wrong or weird about her or her body? And God knows the last thing a new mom needs to hear is that something she is going through is "weird."

Quoting gdiamante:

Is coronary artery disease "normal?" Or is it a "common" problem? Ask any heart specialist and they will not consider it normal.

Yes, it's COMMON. Doesn't mean it's a normal situation.

Quoting jamamama00:

How can you insist it isn't "normal" when TONS of posts on here (this specific post, and others in general) say otherwise? Obv if a great deal of women experience this, it is "normal"


gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Can't say I have seen the latest brochure. But mine hurt like hell too. I went under the care of an excellent lactation consultant and NO MORE PAIN! Except the letdown which hurt like the dickens for the first couple of months at random times. But that wasn't the same thing at all.

I don't agree with the breastfeeding as rainbows and butterflies interpretation. I also don't agree with the breastfeeding as bonding interpretation. I'm very utilitarian. It's FEEDING. But I do think there's a difference in the substance itself. Breastmilk is to formula as organic chicken is to a Big Mac.

Quoting jamamama00:

LOL about your last sentence! I hear that! Have you seen the LLL brochures lately? I actually saved the ones from my last birth. RIDICULOUS is what they are. I have one that totally blasts the "pain" thing....which pisses me off to no end because I can tell you, mine hurt like hell! 

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

But if you're not told something isn't normal, then you might not get the problem fixed.

If you were told it was normal to have a black spot on your tooth that continues to grow, you won't see the dentist. And then suddenly you have an abcessed tooth! There are plenty of common problems that can be fixed.

You had a common problem... and it possibly could have been fixed and you didn't get what was needed. Say the problem you had was caused by a tongue tie (and since it happened repeatedly I bet it was; tongue ties are an inherited problem); no cream in the world will help with that. Tongue tie is more like being in a car crash.. the air bag might keep you alive but you'll still get hurt. The cream is like an air bag.

The horse is gone from the barn in your case. But it does a disservice to tell women that what you and I experienced is within the realm of normal. It's in the realm of COMMON but that's a different matter. When it's common but not normal, there are ways around it. 

Quoting jamamama00:

I digress....you are right. I guess my issue w the word "normal" is that by saying something is not normal, it can make a mom feel like something is wrong or weird about her or her body? And God knows the last thing a new mom needs to hear is that something she is going through is "weird." 

tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Oct. 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

NO I havent because once i saw baby was causing blood blisters I knew that latch was wrong and needed to be fixed, my son had a shallow latch and we had to work to make it deeper, I foundout later its from a lip and tongue tie

Quoting jamamama00:

Have you ever had a baby latched on to a bloody nipple with raw spots all over it and pieces of skin hanging off?

Quoting aehanrahan:

I didn't say that there isn't ever pain. It can hurt in the beginning, but the pain should only be at the latch and go away. If it lasts through the feeding, something is wrong.

Quoting jamamama00:

Sorry, but that's incorrect. Women with soft/sensitive nipples take much longer to toughen up. It's a documented fact that women w/ fair skin are more prone to these issues. In fact, any farmer or rancher can tell you that it's normal in farm animals as well. Not all women have "leathery" nipples. The lactation world does not want to inform women of the truth about this, because they feel that it would discourage women from breastfeeding. As you can clearly see from the other posts on here, MANY women suffer from extremely painful nipples in the first stages of bf. I bf'd my last for ten months, so I can assure you it was not an issue w/ my latch or tongue tie. I also gave birth w/ no drugs at all, yet the pain of bf on a cracked nipple was ten times worse than natural childbirth. If lactivists want women to breastfeed for longer, they need to start telling the truth about the situation, instead of all of this "hearts and rainbows" jazz....


Quoting aehanrahan:

Pain at the initial latch is normal. Constant pain and nipple damage are not normal. They are indications of an improper latch that needs to be fixed. It could be due to a tongue and/or lip tie.


Quoting jamamama00:


Ah, welcome to reality! This is the part where you find out that lots of things you've been told about breastfeeding (like, that it doesn't hurt if you're doing it correctly) are blatant lies. The truth is, many women take weeks, and even months to "toughen up" the nipples. Some women claim the creams and what-not help, but that was never my experience. The next step is that they will usually start to bleed and crack. Try not let it get to that point, because it can be very harmful to the breast.





jamamama00
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Well, I can't make this any clearer: there was NOTHING wrong with latch in my case. I have sensitive skin and soft nipples,,,and it's very common. Yes, many times, there is a problem with latch that causes pain. But problems are  not the ONLY cause of pain. Every woman is diiferent, just like every labor is different. I have friends with nipples of steel who bf'd like a champ and totally subscribe to the myth that any pain in bf must indicate a problem. This is just simply not true. Lots of women can attest to the fact that "toughening up" the nipples can be a gut-wrenching, brutal process. So, I'm not saying OP shouldn't check it out and make sure there is no issue,,,just that she should be aware of the truth....

Quoting tabi_cat1023:

NO I havent because once i saw baby was causing blood blisters I knew that latch was wrong and needed to be fixed, my son had a shallow latch and we had to work to make it deeper, I foundout later its from a lip and tongue tie

Quoting jamamama00:

Have you ever had a baby latched on to a bloody nipple with raw spots all over it and pieces of skin hanging off?

Quoting aehanrahan:

I didn't say that there isn't ever pain. It can hurt in the beginning, but the pain should only be at the latch and go away. If it lasts through the feeding, something is wrong.

Quoting jamamama00:

Sorry, but that's incorrect. Women with soft/sensitive nipples take much longer to toughen up. It's a documented fact that women w/ fair skin are more prone to these issues. In fact, any farmer or rancher can tell you that it's normal in farm animals as well. Not all women have "leathery" nipples. The lactation world does not want to inform women of the truth about this, because they feel that it would discourage women from breastfeeding. As you can clearly see from the other posts on here, MANY women suffer from extremely painful nipples in the first stages of bf. I bf'd my last for ten months, so I can assure you it was not an issue w/ my latch or tongue tie. I also gave birth w/ no drugs at all, yet the pain of bf on a cracked nipple was ten times worse than natural childbirth. If lactivists want women to breastfeed for longer, they need to start telling the truth about the situation, instead of all of this "hearts and rainbows" jazz....


Quoting aehanrahan:

Pain at the initial latch is normal. Constant pain and nipple damage are not normal. They are indications of an improper latch that needs to be fixed. It could be due to a tongue and/or lip tie.


Quoting jamamama00:


Ah, welcome to reality! This is the part where you find out that lots of things you've been told about breastfeeding (like, that it doesn't hurt if you're doing it correctly) are blatant lies. The truth is, many women take weeks, and even months to "toughen up" the nipples. Some women claim the creams and what-not help, but that was never my experience. The next step is that they will usually start to bleed and crack. Try not let it get to that point, because it can be very harmful to the breast.


 

 

 


Happyinthesun88
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:43 AM
To the OP.
For the first 2-3 weeks nursing was very painful mainly just the latching on. 1) Make sure that your lo is latching on correctly. 2) Use lanisoh nipple cream, helped me immensely. My nipples were cracked, scabbed, and bleeding for a couple weeks.

It gets better! My dd is almost 9 months now with 5 teeth and trust me when I say her occasionally biting the nipple hurts less than the initial pain of getting used to nursing. Good luck momma YOU CAN DO IT!!
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Mitzi31
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Ok, just from experience I highly recommend NOT using lanolin if you have cracked nipples. It's a place for yeast to grow and you do NOT want yeast or lo to get thrush. You can make up a cream of 1/3 anti-fungal, 1/3 neosporin, 1/3 hydrocortisone. Or they have stuff you can buy called all purpose nipple cream. Just make sure  that if your latch is good and you still have cracks to watch out for yeast. Non healing cracks are a sign of yeast.


sydnex23
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM
Hey ladies! Thank u so much for all of the advice it has really helped. My nipple is still a little sore but its been healing well and its much easier to nurse. I got pump and its definitely made things easier. I will be feeding her the bottle at night and when I'm out. We'll see how this goes ...
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