Brittany - posted on 09/06/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
My baby is 15 days old today - and although breastfeeding is going well, I can tell she is getting plenty of milk, I am having awful pain in my right breast, it has a small crack that seems to heal during non-feeding period, but once I put baby back to it, it splits wide open again. I've been using Lanisol ointment, but to no avail, the pain is so bad my shirt rubbing against it makes me wince, much less when I get baby latched I could almost scream in pain.. Its so painful I have to ensure I don't squeeze baby while getting through her latching...It hurts for the entire feed but much more during the letdown and intial latch.
Anyways, my question is this, can I pump this breast while it heals? and just feed baby off my left breast, my left breast has very little pain only during letdown - also should I just freeze the stored milk or should I feed it to her after finishing the left breast?
This is my 2nd breastfed baby, my first I gave up after 3 weeks due to pain, I don't want to give up on breastfeeding this time, just finding it very challenging dealing with this pain. Any advise would be great. I've been under the impression breastfeeding will hurt for a few weeks while my nipples toughen up, I plan on going to a breastfeeding clinic if the pain does not subside by her 3 week appointment.