dry flakey nipples

Kait - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my son is almost six months old and nursing has been going really well. About a week ago i noticed that the area around my nipples was dry and flakey. Now they aren't "pealing" anymore but they have these red rough patches on them...they are kind of sore. My mom said to put olive oil on them to releave the dry skin because it wont harm my son, but is this something i should be worried about?

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Tara - posted on 02/08/2010

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If they are painful it wouldn't hurt to bring it up to your doctor. But if you think it's just dry skin, your breast milk itself is a great moisturizer. When I had dry patches I would squeeze out a small amount of breast milk after each feeding and rub it all around the dry area. Then just let it sit for a minute before you latch your top back, so it can soak in. I also read that some doctors suggest you put a little breast milk on any dry patches your baby might get.

Nichole - posted on 02/08/2010

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If you have lanolin or another nipple ointment, you can use that, but don't rush out to buy ay if you don't have it - olive oil will work well and is safe for baby! I agree that if it doesn't clear up or if it becomes painful, a call or visit to the doctor wouldn't hurt. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 02/08/2010

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sometimes dry flakey nipples can be an indication of thrush, which can irritate the skin and make it red and dry. If it is bothering you then I would try some All purpose nipple ointment, but you can try the lanolin first to see if that helps, if not it could be thrush.

Olivia - posted on 02/08/2010

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I dont think so, I think its just skin irritation. Try lanolin nipple cream its safe to use while breastfeeding, but if it doesnt clear up soon it wouldnt hurt to talk to your doctor.

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