Bess - posted on 05/15/2013 ( 30 moms have responded )
For all three of my kids I had to use a nipple shield bc of cracked, bleeding nipples..after less than a month, I was able to stop and resume normal pain-free bf for the remainder of our bf relationship. My 9-month-old was no different, however, for the past 5 days, the cracked PAINFUL bleeding has returned. I tried the nipple shield again, but he HATES it! I've tried different positions, but the hardest part is when it's bedtime or naptime. We still co-sleep and I nurse him to sleep. Throughout the night, he wakes and we swap sides...he nurses again and the pain is unbearable. The opposite side is fine, but sometimes he just wants the 'damaged' side! Pumping during the night isnt really an option bc he'll wake if im not there, plus my sleep is further interruped. I'm currently usin Lanolin and breastmilk as "healing agents", but would GREATLY appreciate alternative tips. A lactation consultant advised me of positions, breastmilk on the sore parts,and pumping. I feel lke everytime he nurses on that side, just delays healing..it hurts so badly. I am currently 24-hr without him nursing, but don't know how long it will take to heal..O, I've also tried tea bags..Help!