some one please help on my last straw

Julie - posted on 09/30/2012 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old is striping my nipples raw i dont know what to do. I can't nurse him with out extreme pain. I would think after over 6 months we have this nursing thing down plus i nursed my first for a year and a half with out problems. Please someone help I can't transfer him to formula 1 we cant afford food as it is and 2 he want take a bottle period. Please someone give me some advice

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Fit2BMe - posted on 10/01/2012

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I used nipple shields and that saved breast feeding for me!

Everyone told me it was a latch problem but doctor and breast feeding consultant said it wast.

Nipple shields are a thin silicon nipple that go over yours and create a barrier. HIGHLY recommend them. Amazon.com sells them.

Liz - posted on 09/30/2012

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Have you had problems all along? If not, maybe you both have thrush? Very painful.



Has anyone else tried to give him a bottle? Sometimes babies don't want a bottle from mom but will take one from someone else. Good luck!



Oh, have you tried using lanolin? I swear by that stuff...

Noell - posted on 11/02/2012

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i used those silicone nipple covers they are kinda expensive like 10$ for one but i used it for like 2 feedings and my nipples felt better it is like a shield between babies mouth and nipple it was nice to have just in case i got supper sore

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Lanolin helped me alot (my daughter was a tugger!). I would also express milk to give my nipples a break from breastfeeding. My girl didn't take bottles either except when I had pumped breast milk into them. She somehow knew the difference! She weaned herself at 11 months and started pureed fruits and veggies. Have you tried applying for WIC? That was a huge help for our family. They answer breastfeeding questions and you will receive WIC checks for baby food for when your baby is weaned.

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This may be unlikely, but check for tongue-tie. My son had an extreme case, to the tip of his tongue, and I stayed damaged until we had it clipped at his pediatric dentist. Immediately, in the dentist office, I nursed him and noticed a huge improvement right away. Once his latch was no longer hindered I started to heal and he put on weight within days.

Whitney - posted on 11/06/2012

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Baby's r us and target and Walmart all have nipple shields as well as cream to relieve the pain and clear up the nipples

Bubby - posted on 11/05/2012

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I know EXACTLY how you feel! I had experienced the same thing when my son was 4 or 5 months. I thought that I had everything under control when it came to breastfeeding because he would latch without any problems and I no longer had sore nipples. But it must have been the positions that I breastfed him in. I was almost to the point of giving up because it was just too painful to breastfeed. I mean it's like I held my breath the entire time because it hurt so much! Like you though, I couldn't give up and I didn't want to either. My first son had problems latching and he just didn't take to breastfeeding well so we ended up formula-feeding him from 3-12 months. It was really expensive and more time-consuming as well! With my second son, I am determined to make it at least till he's one.



What really helped me (in my agonizing pain) was a couple of things:



-Lansinoh Nipple Cream (This is a basic necessity when breastfeeding)



-Tea Bags with Warm Washcloths over sore nipples for at least 15 minutes (Relief naturally!) (Just make sure to shower afterwards and use a mild soap or none at all.)



-Giving the "Sore Side" a Break (nurse on the better one)



-Changing Breastfeeding Positions (sometimes that could be the reason for sore nipples)



-Cooling Gel Pads (The ones that they sell specifically for sore nipples are pretty expensive...)



*****MOMS! HERE'S A GREAT TIP!!!***** Cold Packs (The ones they sell for kids when they get hurt) They are made with the same gel inside, just stick them in the fridge for a bit.You can find them at dollar stores too!



-Time (It WILL eventually get better!)



Hope this helped!

Emma - posted on 11/02/2012

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Hi Julie,



I have a friend with a similar experience, and she told me that she has been using HealthTap to find a doctor to address her concerns and was successful. Here is an article about HealthTap's new feature: http://bit.ly/Qdz2kT.



I hope you and others find this helpful.



Take Care.

Carrieanne - posted on 11/02/2012

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My daughter started biting me raw about that age. I found out that my milk supply was getting too low. She was sleeping through the night, so less feedings. I started pumping manually by hand (breasts hurt too much to pump from the open wounds) in between feedings to get my supply up. My midwife also gave me a homeopathic remedy.



I would also only feed her on one breast and bite my lip through the pain, while the other breast healed (of course, manually pumping that breast so that it's supply didn't lower). Once the one breast healed enough (about 4 days), I was able to switch over to the other breast while the other one healed. It was a process! I also started drinking a lot more water, as I realized I started drinking less.



I tried the nipple guard/shield, my daughter refused it! I ended up having to bear it.



Good luck! I hope you get a handle on it. I can sure understand the pain you're going through!

Julie - posted on 10/31/2012

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Every state has programs that can aid your feeding a child. Check out your local Family Services Organization (in the phone book) - you might be very pleasantly surprised!



Make sure you're not on the verge of a yeast infection (yes, in your nipples)

Jacquelyn - posted on 10/30/2012

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Make sure your little one isn't tongue tied and that you don;t have thrush and if those are clear then try some hydrocortizone and aquaphor or lanolin or a&d ointment - I had the same problem and for me it was contact dermatitis

Jessica - posted on 10/30/2012

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Try lansinol on your nipples. It's all natural and it's ok if the baby ingests it. It helps with sore nipples i've used it.

Keri - posted on 10/29/2012

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Don't use a nipple shield they are a crutch. More than likely it is just that your baby has gotten bigger and needs to be repositioned. Nipple guards are a good idea to help promote healing. You can usually get them at Toys/Babies R Us.

Keri - posted on 10/29/2012

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It will take from a few days to possibly two weeks for your nipples to heal. Wash them gently with warm water and mild soap twice a day. Make sure they are dry after each feeding and use a lanolin cream or ointment. This should help with the pain. Also if they don't start to heal in a few days you may have an infection and may want to consult your doctor.



This is probably a latch issue. It could just be that he has suddenly changed positions and now his latch is off. I had that problem when I went to my In-laws for Christmas one year. There wasn't a good chair to nurse in so we didn't get a good latch and I was raw by the time I got home. I came home so raw I wanted to scream every time I had to nurse. My son also would not take a bottle from anyone. I had to nurse. It will get better.

Laura - posted on 10/29/2012

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Try using Mother's Mates (gel pads you can buy from the chemist) to speed up the healing of your nipples. I would invest in some nipple shields too - they will help train your little one to suck properly!

Dayna - posted on 10/28/2012

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Coconut oil. I went two years with my little one. could not have done it without coconut oil. It will soothe and heal.

Molly - posted on 10/28/2012

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Get a nipple guard form your pharmacy. It looks like a clear little mexican hat which fits right over your nipple. Saved me!

Stefanie - posted on 10/26/2012

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The hospital where you had your baby should have a lactation consultant there you and call and talk to. It would be even better if you could get in to see her. Usually it's free. Try using gel pads for nipples. They are great and should help heal. You dont have a fever or any mastitis symptoms do you?

Alicia - posted on 10/24/2012

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when my first did that i immediatly took my nipple away as i said 'ouch that hurt mommy' kinda loudly and i told her that her mouth needed to be nice or that would be the end. we taught her that mouths were for kisses. but i only had to take it away from her twice with the ouch response for her to understand. at 6 months tho why not regular food? you dont need 'baby food'. the one thing i will always remember is 'a baby can eat anything its mother can it just needs to be smaller and softer.'

PreetiRathod - posted on 10/23/2012

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use warm butter on ur nipples everytime after the ba by feeds it helps the wounheal fast

Stacy - posted on 10/11/2012

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I used a nipple shield and it helped 100% wiht th epain. The hospital that I gave birht at gave me one. You should ask them if they can give you one. I have to get more supplies after I left the hospital cuz I left them in my room and they gave me a full set free. They should be able to help out. And i know he wont drink from a bottle but have you tried bottles with nipples that are more shaped like a real nipple. I used tommee tippee and they are supposed to be better shaped than other bottles to feel more like abreast. They are exspensive but I caught mine on sell at babies r us. And wih the cost of formula have you tried obtaining WIC? Even if you cant do that you can ask them advice on this, they may be able ot help

Barbara - posted on 10/08/2012

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I would suggest that you make your own formula and find a nipple that is most like mothers. I do think if he get hungry enough he will take the bottle but do this under your doctors care.

Jill - posted on 10/07/2012

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Hi my son is 12 now but when I was breast feeding him I was really sore on my nipples and I got some nipple cream from boots it can be applied before feeding and does no harm it was ok for me and took the pain away and fed my son for two years :)

Lori - posted on 10/06/2012

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Glad you got it figured out. Sounds like you are both being treated, which is necessary when either one of you has thrush. Make sure you're both cleared up before you stop treatment.

Julie - posted on 10/05/2012

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ya his bum is looking good the white lumps in his mouth are slowly fading and i can nurse with out pain (most of the time) it feels great to know what it is now and be getting it treated

Liz - posted on 10/03/2012

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Oh that stinks but at least you have an answer (and hopefully some medication) so you can start getting better.

Julie - posted on 10/02/2012

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ok when i got my sons shots on the 23rd i asked the health nurse if he had thrush she said no. today i toke my toddler to see his pediatrician she asked how i was doing i told her about my issue she check my baby and found that what i though was a nasty diaper rash that ive been trying to get rid of is a yeast infection and he has thrush....so do i.



so were going to start treatment she figures things should get better for me once the thrush starts to heal thank you guys for your support and help.

Shelly - posted on 10/02/2012

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I would still try to also get help from either the La Leche League or a lactation consultant. If you can get to the root of the problem, it would be very helpful, and hopefully you'll only need the shields temporarily.

Fit2BMe - posted on 10/02/2012

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Oh good! Hope they help! They sure saved breast feeding for me. I was so close to giving up just because the pain was so unbearable. Ended up breast feeding for two years. Eventually I didn't need them anymore, but I always kept them on hand just incase, and after being bitten once I brought them out again until I healed. All the best.

Julie - posted on 10/01/2012

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I found them at toys r us for $10 my friend works there he gets a discount so he can get them for me for $8 including tax its just a matter of being able to afford them

Fit2BMe - posted on 10/01/2012

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Babies R us sells them.

You can also go to a store to purchase a one time use credit card (you pay cash and they give you a Credit card with that much cash on it) to use if you can't find them anywhere else.

Julie - posted on 10/01/2012

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thanks for the idea fit2bme i don't have a credit card so amazon is out of the question but maybe i can find a store around me that sells them my cousin used one cause her nipples were to big for the baby to get a hold of.

Katherine - posted on 09/30/2012

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Good, they should be able to help you. Probably better than a doctor.

Julie - posted on 09/30/2012

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i haven't had a problem before except the first week with both.

i saw white stuff in his mouth about a week ago and got him checked (two days before this all started) doc told me not thrush plus this is a stipping of flesh. my skin is peeling and there are 3 little open wounds on my nipple

yes daddy and his grama have both tried to give him a bottle.

i called my local la leche league two days ago no answer going to try again tomorrow.

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