I need advice with breastfeeding

Tomi - posted on 05/02/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )




I have a7 month old son who I have breastfed up until about 5 months I started supplementing formula. I was still breastfeeding at night and in the morning tho. But about 1 month ago he was feeding at night, chomped down an jerked his head and put a deep tear alongside my nipple. It was so deep it was bleeding. The same thing happened on the other side, just not as deep. Now every time he feeds it opens the tears back up and the pain is intense. I try to wait 3 or 4 days in between feedings to let myself heal up but it doesn't seem to help. Has anybody else been through this? I don't want to stop breastfeeding because that is our time together, but I need to find a way to heal up before my milk dries up. Does anybody have any advice what I can do?


Sarah - posted on 05/03/2016




Using your own milk on the wound will help it heal. express a few drops and let it air dry. Also, try putting some aquaphor (a non-toxic, non-petroleum based moisturizer on the wound before you feed to hopefully make it softer and less likely rip open. All of my kids bit me, but it took one or two times of me sharply saying "ouch, no biting!" and ending the feeding for them to clue in. They'd startle and cry but they stopped biting. You must have been bitten really hard to lacerate your areola.
Another idea is to hold baby in a different position, so his teeth aren't lined up with the previous bite. So if you usually nurse with him laying on his side, try switching him to sitting or laying under your arm like a football. This may be tricky with a bigger baby but it may give you some relief. I imagine the suckling alone must be opening the wound to a degree?

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