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why is it hurting to breastfeed now?

Posted by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:13 AM
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Ds is a year and my right nipple hurts SOOOO bad

From the moment he latches to when he FINALLY decides to pop off. It hurts! It didn't hurt this bad in the begining and its just one side! I can't tell if its bitten but its really red. Could it be a lazy latch?? Pregnancy?? Or is it simply a bite?? Why would it hurt after a year???

Eta: the right side is the only side he actually nurses off, he kisses the left and plays but won't nurse on that side at all.
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mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:08 AM
Have you gotten your period back? When I suddenly got a new and unusual pain, I got my period back 2 weeks later and I now see it was ovulation-related. Pregnancy is another possibility. Or the baby's weight could be dragging down on your nipple and you need to prop that baby up again on pillows. Does it hurt or burn when he's not nursing?
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maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:09 AM
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http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/sorenipples-older/

Sometimes a mom will get sore nipples after weeks or months with no problems. Following are six potential causes, plus some troubleshooting tips.

 Thrush

Anytime you get sore or cracked nipples all of a sudden, check for thrush symptoms. Thrush usually causes pain in both sides.

 Blockage

Mastitis or a plugged duct or a milk blister is a possibility, particularly if only one breast/nipple or area of the breast is sore. It’s unusual to have mastitis, plugged duct, or a milk blister on both sides at once.

 Hormonal changes

Are you ovulating or about to get your period? The hormonal changes at these times can cause sore nipples for a few days. Typically, both sides will be sore. Many moms of older babies are more bothered with latch on during these times, and it may feel as if baby is clamping down or scraping his teeth on the nipple, even though he doesn’t seem to have changed his latch. Mom may also feel generally uncomfortable and even irritated with nursing. Some moms get relief from the soreness by taking evening primrose oil or acalcium/magnesium supplement.

Any chance of pregnancy? Often the first sign of pregnancy for nursing moms is sore nipples. More here on pregnancy and nursing. As with soreness that comes with ovulation or menstruation, both sides will typically be sore since the soreness is caused by hormonal changes.

 Trauma

Has your baby been pulling on the nipple, bitingscraping teeth or leaving tooth indentations or practicing creative nursing positions? Any type of nipple trauma can cause soreness, and soreness may be on one or both sides.

 Skin irritation

Is baby teething? Many times moms experience nipple irritation as a result of teething. The increased saliva and the enzymes in it can irritate nipples. This can be lessened by rinsing the baby’s saliva off the nipples after the feeding. With teething, both sides would typically be sore.

Has baby started solids? Remnants of food left in baby’s mouth can also cause soreness. Rinse baby’s mouth or give him a sip of water before nursing.

Are you prone to getting eczema or psoriasis? Either can cause nipple soreness.

Are you using a new soap, laundry detergent, nipple ointment/cream, skin lotion, shampoo, powder, hair spray, perfume or deodorant? An allergic reaction to any of these might cause sore nipples.

Have you been exposed to poison ivy?

 Latch and positioning

Any time you experience soreness, go back to the basics of positioning and latch just as you did in the early days. Even if you have not had problems with this in the past, latching/positioning can occasionally be a problem as baby gets older because older babies usually nurse in all kinds of positions, and the latch can get sort of “sloppy” too. One or both sides may be sore. Improving latching/positioning may be helpful even if there is another primary cause of the soreness. For example, many moms experience sore nipples when pregnant and although this has a hormonal cause, good positioning and latch can still improve the soreness to some extent.


07lilmama1108
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:34 AM
No, but i am pregnant. I think its the way ge wants to nurse.... he grabs with both hands like a sippy, latches then pulls his head away. Or when hes asleep he tends to clamp a little before popping off.

Quoting mostlymaydays:

Have you gotten your period back? When I suddenly got a new and unusual pain, I got my period back 2 weeks later and I now see it was ovulation-related. Pregnancy is another possibility. Or the baby's weight could be dragging down on your nipple and you need to prop that baby up again on pillows. Does it hurt or burn when he's not nursing?
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07lilmama1108
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:39 AM
Looks like a possible mix of him scraping his teeth or pulling on my nipple with pregnancy. Im 14 weeks along with #3 but i think the pulling is a bit much. Time to really restrict those nursing acrobatics! Thank you!!

Quoting maggiemom2000:

http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/sorenipples-older/

Sometimes a mom will get sore nipples after weeks or months with no problems. Following are six potential causes, plus some troubleshooting tips.

 Thrush

Anytime you get sore or cracked nipples all of a sudden, check for thrush symptoms. Thrush usually causes pain in both sides.

 Blockage

Mastitis or a plugged duct or a milk blister is a possibility, particularly if only one breast/nipple or area of the breast is sore. It’s unusual to have mastitis, plugged duct, or a milk blister on both sides at once.

 Hormonal changes

Are you ovulating or about to get your period? The hormonal changes at these times can cause sore nipples for a few days. Typically, both sides will be sore. Many moms of older babies are more bothered with latch on during these times, and it may feel as if baby is clamping down or scraping his teeth on the nipple, even though he doesn’t seem to have changed his latch. Mom may also feel generally uncomfortable and even irritated with nursing. Some moms get relief from the soreness by taking evening primrose oil or acalcium/magnesium supplement.

Any chance of pregnancy? Often the first sign of pregnancy for nursing moms is sore nipples. More here on pregnancy and nursing. As with soreness that comes with ovulation or menstruation, both sides will typically be sore since the soreness is caused by hormonal changes.

 Trauma

Has your baby been pulling on the nipple, bitingscraping teeth or leaving tooth indentations or practicing creative nursing positions? Any type of nipple trauma can cause soreness, and soreness may be on one or both sides.

 Skin irritation

Is baby teething? Many times moms experience nipple irritation as a result of teething. The increased saliva and the enzymes in it can irritate nipples. This can be lessened by rinsing the baby’s saliva off the nipples after the feeding. With teething, both sides would typically be sore.

Has baby started solids? Remnants of food left in baby’s mouth can also cause soreness. Rinse baby’s mouth or give him a sip of water before nursing.

Are you prone to getting eczema or psoriasis? Either can cause nipple soreness.

Are you using a new soap, laundry detergent, nipple ointment/cream, skin lotion, shampoo, powder, hair spray, perfume or deodorant? An allergic reaction to any of these might cause sore nipples.

Have you been exposed to poison ivy?

 Latch and positioning

Any time you experience soreness, go back to the basics of positioning and latch just as you did in the early days. Even if you have not had problems with this in the past, latching/positioning can occasionally be a problem as baby gets older because older babies usually nurse in all kinds of positions, and the latch can get sort of “sloppy” too. One or both sides may be sore. Improving latching/positioning may be helpful even if there is another primary cause of the soreness. For example, many moms experience sore nipples when pregnant and although this has a hormonal cause, good positioning and latch can still improve the soreness to some extent.


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mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:39 AM
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Oh! I missed that you were asking about your pregnancy and thought you were asking if you COULD be pregnant. Well, that will do it. And his nursing habits right now aren't exactly helping. How far along are you? Might your supply be dropping and causing him some frustration? Holy heck I hated when they'd fall asleep with that bite. I'd *try* to pop them off before it came to that but wasn't always successful. Jumping and screaming didn't do much to keep the baby sleeping, so I'd have to do it all over again.

Quoting 07lilmama1108:

No, but i am pregnant. I think its the way ge wants to nurse.... he grabs with both hands like a sippy, latches then pulls his head away. Or when hes asleep he tends to clamp a little before popping off.



Quoting mostlymaydays:

Have you gotten your period back? When I suddenly got a new and unusual pain, I got my period back 2 weeks later and I now see it was ovulation-related. Pregnancy is another possibility. Or the baby's weight could be dragging down on your nipple and you need to prop that baby up again on pillows. Does it hurt or burn when he's not nursing?
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07lilmama1108
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:44 AM
Im 14 weeks now. I went through about 2 weeks of cringing each time he latched because of hormonal pregnancy changes but then this started. I growl at him and he laughs then repositions but the damage is done. He sleeps 6 hours off the boob but im not healing that quick :/

Quoting mostlymaydays:

Oh! I missed that you were asking about your pregnancy and thought you were asking if you COULD be pregnant. Well, that will do it. And his nursing habits right now aren't exactly helping. How far along are you? Might your supply be dropping and causing him some frustration? Holy heck I hated when they'd fall asleep with that bite. I'd *try* to pop them off before it came to that but wasn't always successful. Jumping and screaming didn't do much to keep the baby sleeping, so I'd have to do it all over again.



Quoting 07lilmama1108:

No, but i am pregnant. I think its the way ge wants to nurse.... he grabs with both hands like a sippy, latches then pulls his head away. Or when hes asleep he tends to clamp a little before popping off.





Quoting mostlymaydays:

Have you gotten your period back? When I suddenly got a new and unusual pain, I got my period back 2 weeks later and I now see it was ovulation-related. Pregnancy is another possibility. Or the baby's weight could be dragging down on your nipple and you need to prop that baby up again on pillows. Does it hurt or burn when he's not nursing?
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