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bleeding nipples

Posted by on Feb. 24, 2008 at 2:17 AM
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so i pump all my babys milk and i use lansinoh nipple cream and it doesnt seem to be doing the job when i got done pumping today my nipple was bleeding and they hurt so bad!!! does anyone have any better ideas for nipple cream?!?!
by on Feb. 24, 2008 at 2:17 AM
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taracv
by on Feb. 24, 2008 at 2:29 AM
You poor thing that sounds so painful!  I would try and lay off pumping for a few days.  It sounds like your body needs a break....I know these questions are pretty personal, but How is your milk supply?  If you are trying to pump and you just dont have anything to pump, of course there is going to be some pain.  Is the pump placed correctly on your breast?  If your nipple is touching the inside of the pump, you will also feel some pain as it isnt correctly placed.  I would call your doctor or an ask a nurse line to see if they have any suggestions for a different cream to use.  When I was nursing my children, I used the Lansinoh Cream and it was the best stuff ever!  I had to massage it in really well to make sure I was getting the full benefit of the lanolin in the cream.  That was the only thing I hated doing....It seem like it took forever because it was sooo thick.....  I hope you get to feeling better soon, and when you find something else to use,  could you let us all know what it is?  I would love to have an alternative to the Lansinoh product.
cjbyt07
by on Feb. 24, 2008 at 2:45 AM
Honey, have you called your doctor? How long have you been nursing?

You can check out

www.webmd.com

look up your symptoms and seek treatment!


If you do use an ointment (like Neosporin with pain relief) to help the discomfort of bleeding nipples, make sure that you cover them with a gauze pad to prevent staining or irritation from clothing and please be sure to cleanse well before allowing your child to nurse. Also if you still use the pump make sure to cleanse well before AND AFTER THAT TOO! You don't want to develop an infection. If the pain starts to spread or you feel heat from your breasts-dont hesitate-call your pediatrician or their nurse or health department.

Here is what webmd.com has to say:

Self-Care at Home

  • Most bleeding can be stopped with direct pressure and time (rest and elevation are also helpful).
  • Cleaning with a gentle soap and water will help reduce the chance of bacterial infection.
  • Antibiotic ointment (such as bacitracin) and a sterile gauze bandage will help to protect the wound from further infection and water loss until a scab forms.

Cleaning is often the most important aspect of good wound care.

  • This may be done by first washing the adjacent skin with soap and water and removing crusted blood with diluted hydrogen peroxide.
  • Next, irrigation by squirting saline at the wound under high pressure is very effective at reducing bacterial contamination in the wound.

  • Years ago my doctor gave me an ointment, I dont remember the name of it, but he had samples of it in his office--It was Lanolin!
  • Humbly,
  • Cynthia
  • cjbyt07@msn.com
    AlaskanMommy81
    by on Feb. 24, 2008 at 2:53 AM
    I had this happen at the beginning of nursing my son. Something that I did was buy the Soothies Gel nursing pads and it helped so much.  They are reusable.  What kind of pump are you using?  The Medela pumps are the best that you can buy for home use, as some pumps can actually damage your nipples...they don't let up on the suction as they should(my midwife told me this).  Also, when you are pumping, put the pump on the lowest suction and move up a little at a time.  Give your nipples time to heal.  The Lansinoh is really good, but the gel nursing pads helped me the most.  Take Tylenol for the pain until it starts feeling better.  There is a natural product called Calendula cream that my midwife also told me about that is supposed to be excellent for your nipples.  I never ended up using it though, just the Lansinoh.
    misicampbell
    by on Feb. 24, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    It could be a breast infection or thrush...you might need to get it looked at? BUT try Soothies! They are great they can help with the soarness you can get them at Walgreens!
    misicampbell
    by on Feb. 24, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Quoting cjbyt07:

    Honey, have you called your doctor? How long have you been nursing?

    You can check out

    www.webmd.com

    look up your symptoms and seek treatment!


    If you do use an ointment (like Neosporin with pain relief) to help the discomfort of bleeding nipples, make sure that you cover them with a gauze pad to prevent staining or irritation from clothing and please be sure to cleanse well before allowing your child to nurse. Also if you still use the pump make sure to cleanse well before AND AFTER THAT TOO! You don't want to develop an infection. If the pain starts to spread or you feel heat from your breasts-dont hesitate-call your pediatrician or their nurse or health department.

    Here is what webmd.com has to say:

    Self-Care at Home

    • Most bleeding can be stopped with direct pressure and time (rest and elevation are also helpful).
    • Cleaning with a gentle soap and water will help reduce the chance of bacterial infection.
    • Antibiotic ointment (such as bacitracin) and a sterile gauze bandage will help to protect the wound from further infection and water loss until a scab forms.

    Cleaning is often the most important aspect of good wound care.

  • This may be done by first washing the adjacent skin with soap and water and removing crusted blood with diluted hydrogen peroxide.
  • Next, irrigation by squirting saline at the wound under high pressure is very effective at reducing bacterial contamination in the wound.

  • Years ago my doctor gave me an ointment, I dont remember the name of it, but he had samples of it in his office--It was Lanolin!
  • Humbly,
  • Cynthia
  • cjbyt07@msn.com

  • Make sure to wipe off the Neosporn before you nurse!!!!
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