Sore/raw nipples from breastfeeding

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Any suggestions on how to help heal sore/raw nipples from breastfeeding?

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Jemma - posted on 01/09/2009

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At one point I was taking painkillers before each feed and crying throughout with the pain.
I tried the purple tube and it did help to heal me but it made me even more sensitive. I was told my daughter had a good latch but when I started to bleed I had to make the decision to take a break from BFing. It nearly broke my heart but I expressed and gave that to her in a bottle, feeding her maybe once a day from the breast. I found that having a break from her being constantly on my breast, airing my nipples as much as possible, getting some extra rest and nourishment did the trick... If you don't rest your body finds it hard to heal. It's hard to do with a hungry growing child but it's a must..
I hope this helps in even a small way....
Oh also.. if you hand express before each feed, just your areola until it goes soft they can get a better latch :)

Megan - posted on 01/08/2009

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I know first hand how bad sore nipples can be. With my first, it wasn't a problem. But my son was horrible. He's 5 months now, but when I came back from the hospital when he was tiny, my nipples were bleeding! Here's what helped me: after every feeding, lightly spread a drop of milk around the nipple, then let it air dry. Try a nipple sheild to train your baby to latch on correctly. It took my son a good 3-4 weeks to latch correctly but If baby is sucking correctly, you should never have sore/raw nipples. The nurse at the my baby's pediatritian helped me fit it correctly and find the right size. He only had to use it for 3-4 feeding and he got the hang of it. Put cold compress on them to ease the pain. Also, there is a perscription you can ask your OB called tripple-nipple-cream. It has a setroid in it to help with the pain. Also, don't be afraid to pump a bottle once in a while to let them rest. But if you do it too much, baby may prefer the bottle and you'll be more trouble. A close friend of mine swears by frozen cabbage leaves to ease the pain, but I didn't try them. Cabbage is cheap, too. A dollar or two for a head of it. I have more tips if you still need help. Just contact me personally.

Andrea - posted on 01/09/2009

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My lactation specialist instructed me to allow the breastmilk to air dry on your nipples, and as much as possible keep bras and tight shirts off for a day or two. I know its ridiculous, but just pull the blinds down and go topless... that is what healed my bleeding nipples in about 8 hours...

Jemma - posted on 01/09/2009

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If you use reusable breast pads they don't tent to stick.. I used throw away 1's once or twice and the pain was ridicules lol

Katie - posted on 01/08/2009

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My nipples blistered, cracked and bled and we had a good latch (according to the lactation consultants I met with), my son just nursed non-stop and after a week I was in a bad way.  The best thing for healing cracked/blistered nipples (for me) was lansinoh and/or breastmilk and then air-drying the nipples.  I used breast shells (medela makes some) that are also recommended for inverted nipples.  They let your nipples air-dry without having to walk around topless. :)  I would put some lansinoh on and then use the shells.  I also used a nipple shield when nursing for a week.  Then we went back to nursing without the shield, which was scary at first, but everything was fine and we've never looked back!  Good luck!

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Lucy - posted on 01/09/2009

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The Lansinoh cream is the best! It comes in a purple bottle at Babies R Us or Target.

Misty - posted on 01/09/2009

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Lanolin cream works great for sore and raw nipples due to breastfeeding. It is safe to use and you do not have to wipe it off before nursering. I also used it before shower to protect my nipples from further chapping.

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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Definitely the Lanolin cream works.....except a couple times my nipples were a little bit scabby and the sticky ointment made them stick to the breastpads and between feedings they dried.....it really hurt to peel them off lol

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2009

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my lactation consultatnt told me that i could use a little bit of hydrocordizone cream for raw nipples from breastfeeding...helped w/the pain...make sure the latch on angle's right and use the lanisol cream after every feeding.

Nadine - posted on 01/09/2009

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Make sure that you have good attachment, and if it sore when nursing take them off straight away and try to attach them properly. If the baby is attahed properly you should not feel any pain and your nipples will heal within days, I also recomend expressing your milk onto your nipples and let the air dry them as someone else has suggested this works. And always change your breast pads as you dont want it turning into something worse.

Sharon - posted on 01/09/2009

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I tried the Lanolin cream which didn't work too well for me. I had heard someone say express some bm when you are done nursing and rub it around your nipple. I was a bit leary but tried it and OMG, big difference. I really believe mothers milk could be a remedy for many things. Doesn't hurt to try. Good luck!

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Try lightly rubbing expressed breast milk on your nipples after a feeding and letting them air dry. Also the football hold is great for helping get your latch just right. The pain is due to an improper latch, it can be really frustrating. Have you tried to find a La Leche League group in your area? Google one and attend, they are well worth it!

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Hi Rebecca, here is a great site that may help you out. Dr. Jack Newman is the physician and he is well know in the breastfeeding world. He also has a recipe for an ointment cream that can be applied to the nipples, you'll need to get a perscription from you Dr.



Anyway, here are the websites... hope it helps!



http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Sore%20...



For the APNO (All Purpose Nipple Ointment) see the link below and talk to your MD.



http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Candida... 

Katya - posted on 01/08/2009

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Another suggestion - use shields on your nipples till they heal. Mine was so sore and cracked that my baby used to end up having blood from my nipples so i used shields

Samantha - posted on 01/08/2009

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If you are comfortable with feeding a bottle and giving expressed breastmilk, try pumping exclusively for a day or two.  I HAD to do that due to a condition I have called "breastmilk jaundice", which means I have an enzyme in my milk that won't allow my baby to break down bilirubin from jaundice.  To treat it, he had to have strictly formula for 2 days and I had to pump to keep up my supply.  Even though I was a wreck worried about him getting better and going back to the breast (he did just fine), it did wonders for my nipples.  I was no longer sore!  By that time I had established a good latch with him, which is crucial, so it felt so much better.  If you're brave, try that.

Lauren - posted on 01/08/2009

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My lactation consultant told me to rub a small drop of breastmilk on them and let them air dry. 

Rachel - posted on 01/08/2009

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this sounds very weird but putting cabbage leaves on ur boobs helps lol

Leanne - posted on 01/07/2009

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I agree with Erica. I used expressed milk and air dried and it worked well. I would leave a bra off for about 5 minutes (a pain in the middle of the night I know, but well worth it later). I also had a problem with a bad latch that made the soreness worse. I would suggest consulting a Lactation Consultant or nurse and getting them to check your latch to make sure its right. I tried the lanolin cream but didnt like it- it left my nipples too wet and made the pain worse for me. I also got referred to a lactation specialist and she gave me a cream. Ask your doctor. Hope you find some relief!

Erica - posted on 01/07/2009

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two things 1. After a each feeding exress some milk and rub it around the nipple. Then let it air dry. This your own body's way to help heal your skin. Plus it is the most natural way. I worked great for me

2. You must establish a better latch. If the latch is correct you should not get sore. Make sure that your baby is all the way on and not pulling at your nipple.

Good luck

Regina - posted on 01/07/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

Any suggestions on how to help heal sore/raw nipples from breastfeeding?



Nipple Nurture Butter by Bella B is a Godsend.  It's smooth, not stickly like lanolin and helps so fast. You can get it online from Walmart.

Judith - posted on 01/07/2009

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I was so sore I sobbed when I nursed. My lactation consultant gave me an rx for bactroban, which was safe to use and I didn't need to wash off.  Lanolin ointment (or spray it you're super sore) works great too.  Try going without a bra and/or nursing pads, too.

Amber - posted on 01/07/2009

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I also had to use different positions. The football hold helped my alleviate my pain alot.

Eva - posted on 01/07/2009

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One of the most "natural" ways is when you're done breastfeeding, spread any "leftover milk" all over the nipples and give them some "air time" to dry.  The milk is supposed to help them heal.  I don't first-hand know if this works, but my mid-wife pushed it. 

Kary - posted on 01/07/2009

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Are you using Lansinoh cream? That worked wonders for me. I would put it on after every feeding and never had any other problems with sore nipples. The only problem is that it will stain the insides of your bras or the breast pads if you are using them. You might try a different hold for a while. The football hold seemed to take a little pressure off my nipples until they got used to the "abuse" from my daughter who sucked very hard.

Misty - posted on 01/09/2009

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Lanolin cream works great for sore and raw nipples due to breastfeeding. It is safe to use and you do not have to wipe it off before nursering. I also used it before shower to protect my nipples from further chapping.

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2009

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my lactation consultatnt told me that i could use a little bit of hydrocordizone cream for raw nipples from breastfeeding...helped w/the pain...make sure the latch on angle's right and use the lanisol cream after every feeding.

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