How long does it take for nipple to heal?

Cathy - posted on 05/06/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have been breast feeding from the start and 1 of my nipples is sore/cracked and does not want to heal. When my baby latches on it hurts initially but when he is sucking it doesn't hurt. I am using Purelan but it does not want to heal. How long does it normally take to heal properly?

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Kristina - posted on 05/07/2009

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I know they are not the exact same, but I had a milk blister from a clugged duct and all total it took maybe 3 days or so for the worst of the pain to leave, and maybe another day or so for all remnants of the blister to disappear visually. Hang in there!

Cathy - posted on 05/07/2009

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Thank-you everyone!!! I will slather on the lanolin and express some milk onto nipple. Hopefully it will heal soon.

Ashley - posted on 05/07/2009

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Hey, I had the same problem, omg my nipples were soo sore and cracked and even had a blister like thing on it, at one point i even had a clogged milk duct. I used these Gel pads,they have the Medela Tender Care HydroGel Pad, and they also have a cheaper brand. All I did was put it on my nipple and its a gel round pad that looks just like your breast pads to keep the milk from coming through your bras, and I put it on then my breast pad and my bra and the next morning it would be fine! It makes your nipple feel so much better too its cool to the touch and stuff.. but thats what i would recommend!!
:) and your baby is gorgeous!

Amanda - posted on 05/06/2009

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Also after each feeding express some extra milk and rub that into the nipple. Mine can take anywhere from a day to a week to heal. Make sure your child has a good latch on that nipple through out the feeding (if theres no pain it should be a good latch).

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I spoke to a LLL consultant because I had the exact same issues with both of my babies. Her advice - which worked for me - is to get some Lansinoah lanolin from walmart or target (purple box by the breast pumps and such in the baby area) and slather it on after each feeding. It is completely safe if there is still some on your nipple when the baby feeds, also when showering soap yourself as usual but don't soap your nipples just use water because the soap can dry you out as well.



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