Ouch- I have one sore nipple!

Rebecca - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have breastfed three children, all very different from one another. My youngest just turned one and she has never been an easy nurser. She distracts easy, hates any kind of a cover and is the Queen of pop offs. I am determined to continue on with her. We worked hard to get here. Anyway, my question. I have the worst crack I have ever expereinced. It opens and bleeds ( going on three weeks) every time she nurses and is very painful!. She is not a biter however; she has grazed the nipple. I have used lotions,medela lanolin, ice, air-dry, switching sides- exclusive ( she dislikes this)- everything to make it heal! Can someone please share something that works. My baby had the flu and nursed like crazy for three days- I had a raw spot ( not used to such a massive amount of nursing) that opened up. Please save my bf relationship- neither of us are ready to stop :)

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Heather - posted on 05/14/2011

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hydrogels will offer some relief between feeds. Squeeze some of your own milk onto the nipple whenever you can, it can help you heal.

Laura - posted on 05/16/2011

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I had a crack like this when I first started - just wouldn't heal. I went to the doctor, and she prescribed something referred to as "all purpose nipple cream" - it is a prescription, but it has antibacterial (or antifungal) plus a very small amount of cortisone (I think?) to help heal it up fast so it doesn't keep opening it up. It worked great and gast - you don't need to wipe it off before feeding either. I have had blisters and other scrapes during my 18+ months of breastfeeding, and this cream always works. Good luck. :)

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when my lo was 12 days old she ripped the skin off of one of my nipples i didnt realize at first bc they were so sore until i looked down and seen blood pouring out her mouth. i cried every time i fed her it hurt soo bad n took forever to heal. i tried a nipple shield couldnt get it to work and it made it hurt worse. i used that lanolin nipple cream and also just milk i walked around topless for about 3 days and i seemed to heal faster after doing so since i didnt always have a damp nursing pad against me...i cant believe i made it this long my lo will be 1 on june 27th goodluck !!

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Do you have a midwife? A lactation consultant? You might be at the point of needing to see a doctor!

Rebecca - posted on 05/14/2011

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Thanks ladies, I often put breast milk on both nipples: after feeds. I have even contemplated crazy glue- a little out there, but I need something to keep it closed. I am guessing there are no quick fixes. I am just not sure how to keep going with it. It heals a little and then opens up again. I have also used a shield and she looks at me like I am from another planet. Thank you nonetheless for the support :)

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Ms Heather is right...Your own milk will heal it.
My husband had a RANCID sore on the front of his shin...he banged it tripping over something and then it just snowballed...each little bump causing it to get bigger and nastier..and more infected.
Each time I saw the booboo...I would flop out a boob and give him a few drops right on the booboo. It healed up nicely...after I started treating it with Mama's magic milk.

Kaitlyn - posted on 05/14/2011

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From my experience, all the outside stuff, lotions,lanolin,etc. caused more pain for me. Once I stopped using those things and just let the baby nurse like normal it got better. Sorry, no quick fix, but it seemed as though those items actually did more harm than good for me. Good Luck!

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