Mallory - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )
I have cracked nipples from breastfeeding. On one side it looks like there sometimes is a little blood, but usually it just looks cracked. The other side doesn't bleed but there's a HUGE crack that is at the base of my nipple and it wraps around almost half my nipple. I went to a lactation consultant and she said his latch was fine and she corrected my positioning on the side that my nipple is severely cracked(we were doing a different hold since it was very painful to feed him on that side). My son is now 5 weeks and my nipples still are showing no sign of healing. The LC said there was no sign of infection or thrush or anything, so why won't they heal?! I've tried lanolin, letting them air dry, putting breast milk on them after feeding, letting them rest(pumping one side) for 48 hours. Nothing seems to be working! It's only painful on one side and I've been pumping that side, but I'm getting very discouraged. Has anyone had severely cracked nipples? How long did it take to heal?