Cracked, PAINFUL, bleeding nipple from bf--9mo baby

Bess - posted on 05/15/2013 ( 30 moms have responded )

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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!

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Afifah - posted on 05/22/2013

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When the same happened to me, I too was advised on using breastmilk as it contained natural proctection against bacterial infections and, really, the baby consummes the same thing so no harm there. But I also get it that we should keep the nipple wound clean, dry but moist (not damp) to prevent continuing crack. So discreetly letting it breath and breezed after applying lanolin or coconut oil, or olive oil will be really soothing. I was also told that keep using the wounded nipple might actually help it to heal. I was not told why. I guess because it keep the blood flowing in that area and the milk smeared also healing. Well, we certainly need to brace ourself anticipating the pain. Put your mind away from it by talking to your baby about what you have in store for his/her future, read romance that blow your mind, immerse yourself in beautiful music, well anything that you really enjoy and relaxing. Good luck

BETH - posted on 05/18/2013

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I think you may have a yeast infection causing your nipples to bleed. Get some cream from the druggist for yeast infection and see if it helps. Look at your baby's mouth, the baby might have yeast infection on his tongue and has given it to you. In any case, both of you should be treated. If your son's tongue is white or yellowish then it is probably yeast. Good luck

Michelle - posted on 05/16/2013

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My now ten month old starting a biting phase in February. He finally has eased up just this month, but it was 3 months of cracked, bleeding nipple. I used the medela brand lanolin creme and tried to catch him before the bite happened, but often we could go a day or even two and then he would bite again. His thing was to clamp down and pull off when he was done. He also seemed to place his 2 bottom teeth on the crack instead of tongue over teeth. I too agree that pumping is MUCH easier on the wounded side, only in our case my son wouldn't drink out of a bottle or cup!! He did however have issues with his ears and multiple ear infections during this time. Even when the ears weren't infected, there was excess fluid causing discomfort. Could that be going on with your baby? Try to pump more on that side to allow for healing!

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TIA - posted on 05/23/2013

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r those the jelly nipple covers that u can put in the fridge and then on the nipple like a cold compress

Kerissa - posted on 05/22/2013

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have you tried nu-gels? They are amazing!!!! Don't use them in conjuction with lansinoh though. I would also see a doctor to make sure you don't have a yeast infection on that side. Also.....please stop co-sleeping.....it can be directly related to SIDS.....check out www.firstcandle.org

TIA - posted on 05/22/2013

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I WOULD SWITCH TO PUMPING ONLY BEFORE YOU GET AN INFECTION THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM GIVING HIM THE NUTRITION OF YOUR MILK.
IF IT GETS INFECTED YOU WILL BE FORCED TO USE AN ANTIBIOTIC AND PUMP AND DUMP.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE BONDING BE SURE YOU AND ANY OTHER PERSON THAT FEEDS HIM HOLDS HIM AT THE AVERAGE DISTANCE FROM BREAST TO FACE AND LOOK AT HIM OFTEN.

(I BF FOR 10 MONTHS AND RAN INTO MANY BUMPS ALONG THE WAY. I STOPPED ON ADVISE FROM MY DOCTOR. FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.)

Billie - posted on 05/21/2013

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Lanolin was the best cure! I used Lavish, its in a purple container. I healed up in no time!

Bess - posted on 05/21/2013

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I have never heard of that Newman's Nipple cream...I also just read that Lanolin could cause thrush if you use it more than 2 weeks, thank you! O, and I just read trying a salt bath (1c warm water:1tsp salt) for 3 mins to help healing

Danielle - posted on 05/21/2013

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You or the baby may have thrush. Genetian violet in babies mouth and on your nipple. It's purple and it stains but its natural and works Ina couple of days.

Darla - posted on 05/21/2013

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Sounds like you may have a yeast infection on your nipples. Talk with either your pediatrician or ob Dr.either one can prescribe you antifungal cream. Also, check babies mouth for white patches. Sometimes baby also needs treated.

Alcina - posted on 05/21/2013

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I had the same issue and Lanolin was the cure. I also did drink a bit of beer as I was suffering so... And I cut the nipples out of my tshirt from the pain... and accidentally opened the door that way... Just use the lanolin constantly and work on that latch. I nursed for years and have a great 17 year old now. Good luck.

Noelle - posted on 05/21/2013

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My son pulls back or just does weird things when he isn't feeling well. He causes blisters bleeding and pain.I couldn't find lanolin once but found nipple butter and it worked BETTER! I was so amazed cause this is my third bf baby and I love lanolin but the nipple butter, if you find some was a great change because it isn't as thick and it kinda absorbs.

Debbie - posted on 05/21/2013

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I've tried all those things with my first baby and my doctor recommended Eucerin cream... at the time I would just go to the pharmacist and they would put the amount in a cream bottle like a prescription. Now I believe it is a retail product but I still get it from the pharmacist. The reason I would get cracked and bleed was being wet then dry... wet then dry... on and on... so use the cream 24/7. Use the breast pads in my bra and have cream on them too. And for my second child not one crack or bleed. It did take a while to heal but the pain was much less if kept softened by the cream. It's safe for the baby... I would just lightly wipe off any access before feeding if needed.

My husband now uses the same cream for his hands in the winter that used to crack and bleed... says he doesn't know how he lived with pain and annoyance before.

I hope this is helpful.

Kimberly - posted on 05/21/2013

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If your baby is biting, pull him close when he starts to bite, cover his nose with your breast and he will have to pull off to breathe. After a couple of times, he will figure out that bad stuff happens when he bites and will stop! Worked great with my 2 biters! Good luck- keep nursing!

Mystique - posted on 05/21/2013

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This happened to me...with my third and fourth. With the third, I tried pumping to give the breast time to heal, but any kind of suction did not help. So I wound up hand expressing to keep the milk up...eventually around 11 months, my milk supply diminished so much that she was weaned. With my fourth, it started happening around the same time. I hand expressed for a few days, and every time I allowed the baby to nurse again, it would be as if I never started healing. So I hand expressed for 2 weeks straight, from both breasts (one was worse than the other, but both were bleeding and painful.) After 2 weeks of healing time, I was able to resume nursing normally. My son is now 15 months and still going. Give it some time to heal, which will be difficult with co-sleeping and nursing at night. But that's all that helped me.

Meghan - posted on 05/21/2013

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My doctor prescribed this cream and it total worked wonders for me. Lanolin never helped me. A couple times I've had cracks halfway around both nipples and I used this and they went away...it also helped with the pain. It is called Newman Nipple Ointment.

Eva - posted on 05/20/2013

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I feel your pain! Try aloe vera pure gel, use blow dryer on NO heat low setting or a fan to air dry. If possible go bra less around the house, cotton tank better than spandex. You could also try coconut oil. It should only take a couple days to heal, if not contact health nurse.

Kristi - posted on 05/20/2013

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Sorry please disregard my prev. Post --i hadn't read carefully that you nursed for 9 mos. And pain is occurring now.

Kristi - posted on 05/20/2013

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Has the Dr. Checked to see if baby is tongue tied---if not I'd bring baby to Dr. To have them look. With 2 of mine nursing hurt and after tongue was clipped it instantly stopped hurting( but if you are raw --it may still until you are healed).

Bess - posted on 05/17/2013

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@Michelle, my son also refuses bottle or cup at this point. @Lucine, I think it was the clamp n pull that he's been doing lately...the sucking just pulls at the cracks and made it hurt so badly. @Durriya, I'm going to maintain the bm healing salve..what I wound up doing was pumping exclusively for 48 hrs, and I just let him latch this morning and the pain was 98% gone..the cracks had mostly healed. I am still going to use the Lanolin and the next couple days I will be working so I'll be pumping giving it a little more time to heal all the way. Pumping, for me, was easier. I could control the suction and for some reason when LO sucked, it burned...prolly just unsterile saliva on an open wound...that's my best guess..but we are back on track! Thanks for all the advice...I always turn to COM, when the internet doesn't seem to help me out.

Lucine - posted on 05/17/2013

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What is causing the cracking - the suckling or biting? When my daughter started to bite at 9 months, I was given great advice that worked very quickly. Don't overreact, yell, or do anything to startle or scare the baby, as that can have adverse effects. I was advised to simply take the breast away at the slightest bite with a firm but gentle "no". She got the message faster than I expected.

Durriya - posted on 05/17/2013

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My sister had the same problem. Apply breast milk on it and let it air dry. . Avoid wearing a bra. . . .there is no better natural healing agent than breast milk! !!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/15/2013

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I think pumping is actually worse than the babies natural suck. And even if you don't have a bra on, but a shirt, the shirt can still irritate it. Seriously, look at my first post and link.

Also, yes it could be the way your baby is sucking. His or her suck could be off. I had that problem, and the lactation consultant felt my sons suckle, and he was moving his tongue wrong. She taught me how to correct it with him, and that greatly helped...but so did the other products.

Bess - posted on 05/15/2013

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Yes, the lanolin I have been using is Lansinoh, not really helping and I am going braless, and giving a lot of "air time"...the reason I need to pump is to keep LO off of nipples bc he's making it worse...if I don't pump, I will get engorged, and possibly diminish my supply...sorry if I worded that wrong..that's why she suggested I pump. I guess pumping isn't AS harsh as a baby's natural suck..

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/15/2013

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Seriously go get both of these products like now, and you will see a difference pretty quickly. if you don't want to use the lanolin, just use your bm. Do NOT pump....for fucks sake that will make your cracks WORSE! That consultant is not helping with that advice.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/15/2013

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These shields are amazing for BETWEEN bfing times. Not during. Also, yes using a little of your own bm on your nipples will surely heal it, especially while using these shields so nothing is touching your nipples. They seriously helped me

http://www.amazon.com/Medela-SoftShells-...

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