what to use for sore nipples while breastfeeding

Ashley - posted on 05/16/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have been breastfeeding my newborn and while she latches on correctly it's still initially quite painful. What can I use or do to help make the pain tolerable? I have tried the lanolin and use it regularly, is there anything else?

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Melanie - posted on 05/19/2009

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lansolh nipple cream (purple tube) is a life saver and nipple shields work great until you nipples get tough

Jessame - posted on 05/17/2009

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I used the lanolin as well and it did help but be sure to apply often...also I couldnt use any breast pads they seemed to irriate my nipples. I found silicone breast covers called lily padz they are amazing. I suggest them to any breastfeeding mommy!! Good luck!!

Rebecca - posted on 05/17/2009

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I found that if I made an effort to feed the baby at least once a day without the shield he would get used to both. He didn't seem to have a problem, it's the same as bottle feeding and breast feeding, they can get confused. I was lucky my little guy is an Aussie boob man!

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I used to let some of my milk dry up on my nipples and then put a thin coat of lanolin cream. I had a huge blister when I started breastfeeding and it went away rather quickly once I started doing that.

User - posted on 05/17/2009

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Lanolin, expressing breastmilk on nipples after a feeding and air drying worked for me. The only thing about the shield is that it will be hard for the baby to wean from the shield.

Ashley - posted on 05/17/2009

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Thank you all for your responses. I have the nipple shield and that helps a bit. I will have to get some of those Soothies though this week. I appreciate all your help!

Crystal - posted on 05/17/2009

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i had the same problem i ended up expressing milk into a bottle and used the gel pads and lanolin to help heal, also if you can try sit in the sun for a little bit topless if you have cracked nipples it helped me .

Rebecca - posted on 05/16/2009

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the best thing is to express into a bottle until they heal for a little while then try again she may just be a hungry baby hence the sucking so hard and getting sore

Becky - posted on 05/16/2009

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Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin Topical Treatment and try Soothies® by Lansinoh® Gel Pads. I understand the pain. I had a beautiful baby boy, he weighed in at 11.10 lbs and my nipples were so sore- I would cry and pull away. Give it a few days and it will get much much better. Eventually your nipples will be tough and you will be more relaxed. Also, you could try ice on them just before your baby latches on just to numb them up.Good luck! ;)

Rebecca - posted on 05/16/2009

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my baby used to let go constantly because the flow was way too fast so at first I was in so much pain I was ready to give up. I went and got nipple shields and used them for a week until my nipples toughened up a bit. I also found breathable plastic shells to wear over my nipples during the day so the fabric of my bra didn't graze them and wore (and still wear) washable breast pads at night.

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I think lanolin was the best thing for me. They also make hot packs for breasts that help. However, if the pain continues past the first week or two, I'd suggest seeing a lactation consultant, just in case you have a latch problem.

Kina - posted on 05/16/2009

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Try rubbing them with a rough towel after every shower. it's painful but it helps rough them up a bit so you aren't so sore when feeding.

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