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Nipple Cracking and Soreness

Posted by on Sep. 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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My son is almost two weeks old and my nipples are killing me. They are raw and cracked. I know that it is from improper latch on because he doesn't like to open his mouth very wide. He is getting the hang of it now, but I still have the sore nipples because everytime I nurse the cracks reopen and the scabs come off. It seems like I make a little bit of progress and then I get back tracked when I nurse and it is a vicious cycle. I have no plans to stop nursing but I was wondering if anyone has any remedies that will heal these cuts on my nipples?????

by on Sep. 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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by on Sep. 22, 2009 at 8:38 PM

First, are you helping him latch?  I had a lazy latcher (oddly enough only on one side).  Sandwich your areola with one hand (fingers on top, thumb on bottom) and push it in his mouth while gently pulling down on his lower jaw with the other hand.  Sounds like a lot to do but it's not hard once you get the hang of it.

The only things I know of are putting lanolin on your nipples after every nursing (which doesn't have to be washed off prior to next nursing) or rubbing a little expressed milk on your nipples and letting them airdry.

   Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker

by on Mar. 29, 2010 at 7:36 AM

apparantly there are also things called soothies that u wear between feeds that sooth the nipples.wallmart stock them

by on Mar. 29, 2010 at 7:44 AM

i'm breastfeeding twins so I feel your pain. I can't stress Lansinoh enough.

by Gina on Mar. 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Lansinoh and breastmilk on the nipple.

by on Mar. 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM
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My DS is 2 1/2 weeks and I am in the same boat as you. He gets lazy with his latch and sometimes I think its good enough but it must not be since I'm still in pain. I read somewhere that  warm tea bags help sooth cracked nipples also but I haven't tried it yet. GL

by on Mar. 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

 The best remedy would be to fix the latch. If the latch is correct even with sore cracked nipples it shouldn't hurt. Make sure to have the baby completely facing you, line up his nose to your nipple(not his mouth) then after letting him "sniff" the breast for a second pull him away an inch or so. When you see him open wide then draw him onto the breast. If it hurts break the suction and try again until you have a latch without pain.

Definitely look for a breastfeeding specialist in your area for some help. Be sure to nurse at the earliest signs of hunger to avoid feeding frustrations too. Best time to nurse is when baby is in REM sleep or the quiet alert period just after waking. Next signs would be making tongue movements, hands to mouth, and rooting. Crying is a very late sign of hunger and it can be difficult if not impossible to have a good feeding if baby is crying when a nursing session is started.

Keep working at it and hang in there, get help too things will get better!

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