Bubby - posted on 11/05/2012 ( no moms have responded yet )
I had posted this on a similar mom's post:
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 it could be as simple as changing positions!)
-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, WASH THEM FIRST and just stick them in the fridge for a bit.You can find them at dollar stores too! I found some at Dollar Tree and Walmart!)
-Time (It WILL eventually get better!)
Hope this helps!