Alisha - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )
I have a 6 day old baby girl that looks like she latches on great, but my nipples are scabby and bloody and it hurts sooo bad to nurse her. This is my third child and I nursed both of my others until about 18 months, so nursing is not a new thing for me. They have all had their own unique challenges in the beginning, but this one has been the worst. I have seen two lactation consultants who both say that she looks like she is latched on great. one of them said that she has a small mouth and I have a very large chest so give it some time. The other one said that the way I am putting her on may be the reason that I'm sore. she takes a few minutes to get a good latch, because she has such a small mouth it really hard to get her to open up big enough. So we just keep trying until she gets it right because I didn't/don't want her getting into a bad habit. She doesn't really even get frustrated, which is nice. I'm not sure I could handle the pain with a baby screaming her head off. So, my concern is my scabbing and pain. She spit up a little bit this morning and it was kind of pink, as it dries it has turned brown which lets me know that she's getting blood from the scabs on my nipples. I don't know how much blood, but enough to cause the milk that she spit up to be pink. I wouldn't think that the blood would hurt her, but I don't know that's why I'm asking all of you. What do you guys think? I'm afraid to take her off the breast and pump and give her milk in the bottle because she is so young and not really all that established at the breast. Again, please help and Thanks.