My nipples hurt SO BAD from breasfeeding!!

Robin - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 1 month old, and up until now I haven't had any problems breastfeeding. The past couple of days it feels like my nipples are literally getting sliced off my body all the time, and especially when she latches on and starts to feed. I don't know what went wrong! Any tips or suggestions on how to ease the pain??

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Please make sure baby is not latching on to the nipple. Baby must have as much of the dark area in her mouth as possible. Also after nursing let your nipple air dry, this will help heal the nipple and tough it up. Please don't give up such a wonderful gift that only YOU can give your baby

Krista - posted on 01/29/2010

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Lanisoh is definitely great. When I started breastfeeding I had really sore nipples, and it turns out that the latch wasn't good. Instead of aiming the nipple towards the back of the mouth, I tried (on my sister's advice) aiming the nipple more towards the roof of the mouth (if you draw your thumb towards you while holding your breast, it naturally makes your nipple angle upwards)-- I wound up getting a much better latch that way and the soreness eased. Your mileage may vary, but it might be worth trying.

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2010

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When I was having a hard time breastfeeding, my lactation specialist gave me a nipple shield to use... it is a silicon shield that covers the nipple and areola. It helped relieve some of the pain that occurred when my son would first latch on. I used it for a couple of weeks and now I don't need it anymore. I also applied lanolin after feeding... I know Lansinoh is very popular, but I found it to be tacky, causing mild discomfort when applying it. Medela ointment was much smoother to put on. Both are safe for nursing. I would also pump and bottle feed if I needed a break from direct breastfeeding. I would also take ibuprofen to help ease the pain, but be sure to check with your Dr. before taking medication. The whole situation was both physically and emotionally uncomfortable for me, but my husband was very supportive and now I am able to breastfeed normally. Hope this helps!

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This is all GREAT advice! I would agree with everything except the lansinoh..I never used it because I really feel like the nipples must be as dry as possible. It seems like someone was against that when I was nursing(can't remember! It might have been my husband who is a pediatrician and VERY pro breast feeding). My "babies" are 16 and 12 but I was very successful with nursing. Here is what I did both times...and I was VERY regimented!! I started the tea bags on my nipples about a month before delivery(it toughens them up)..then I used a tea bag EVERY time that I nursed for the first month or so. I also was a FANATIC about air drying!! EVERY TIME you must air dry!!The tea and the breast milk will soothe your nipples and the air drying will be the best thing you can do. You are to be commended for your desire to nurse..so many women don't try. Keep it up and let me know if I can help in any way. Is your pediatrician helpful? If not switch to another one, if that is possible. They should be available to you for any questions and any help that you need. Ask which nurse is the best for advice on breast feeding and call her as much as you need to call her. That is what they are there for. There is NOTHING better than breast milk for your baby. Good luck!!!

Ashley - posted on 01/29/2010

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She's probably not latching right try cabbage leafs u warm them up and wrap them on your self takes swelling down.

Caressa - posted on 01/29/2010

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I Had the same thing! No pain at all ntil about 3 weeks into nursing! Part of the reason was because he wasn't latching right! If you feel even the slightest pinch at all take you baby off and let them re-latch this time with more of the nipple in there mouth so there's not even the slighest pinch because even if it doesn't really hurt at the time it will hurt over time! I had to go to the Pharmacy and they gave me a soothing nursing gel for this problem! I put it on everytime i finished nursing. You don't have to wipe it off before you nurse again but i always tried too! It then just sooths the cracks and dry skin! After they healed I still continued to use it about once a day so my skin wouldn't dry out and crack again!! All of this worked awesome for me!! and Congrats on nursing it the best for your baby!! :)

Monique - posted on 01/29/2010

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When I breast fed I had the same feeling but it is pretty normal. As long as the baby is latching on correctly it should only hurt when she begins but the pain is something to get used to. That is the reason why many women dont breast feed. Lansinoh nipple cream will help big time though!

Kylie - posted on 01/29/2010

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im havin the same prob wiv my 7wk old, i use a lanolin ointment and it really does work, i used it 4 my 1st child, anuva thing u can do is afta a feed wen bubs is settled go and have a shower, afta the shower do not get dressed straight away, lay on ur bed wiv ur towel open and let ur breasts dry off naturally and let them get sum air, a good half hr each day, or weneva shud help, wen u get dressed put the lanolin on and a breast pad and it shud help, Good luck

Justine - posted on 01/29/2010

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Is she latching on properly? It sounds like she is just latching on the nipple. If you are getting more milk she might be getting lazy because she doesnt think she has to work for it... Just re-train her on how to latch on...

Use the Lansinoh cream, it really helps... And do not put cabbage leaves on your breasts, that is what is recommeded when you DONT want to breastfeed.... Dont give up, it will get easier...

Christina - posted on 01/28/2010

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my doc gave me a sample tube of lansinoh. you may want to ask your doc if they have a sample so you can try it before spending the money on it. as far as the cabbage leaves i was always under the impression that they were used to help with the pain if you were letting your milk dry up. but talk to your doc i know with the lansinoh you dont have to wash it off before feedings. the tube i have has 18002924794 on it as well. you could probly call them and see what they say about it as well.

Fredre - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hi! The advice on this page is of TOP quality. Well done ladies! It is a bit concerning that you had no problems and this popped up very recently. Best thing you can do for baby and yourself is to consult your GP as soon as possible. Make sure to take baby along for a check-up as well. Take the advice for creams, tea bag’s etc. into consideration. Although the doctor will have prescriptions suited to your individual needs, these are all things that really make a difference!



Good luck and let us know the outcome!

Shannon - posted on 01/28/2010

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Our hospital has a free breastfeeding clinic that you can go to you should see if your has one. She could be latching on wrong, it;s weird but maybe its because your probably getting more milk now some times they have to be sort of taught again. That Lansinoh breast cream helps the most with pain since obiously you can't put any numbing medicine on there. I hope things getr better for you. And if you have an infection that can be very painful, but you would most likely have a fever, red streaks on your breasts and they would be hot, if you have any of that call your doc right away to get antibiotics

Brenda - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hey Robin! Don't know if I'll be of any help but I might have a good tip that you can try. Always keep a little wash cloth nearby, a clean one of course, and as soon as your bub needs a feed, wet the cloth with very warm water and place over your nipple/breast, The warm water helps to soften your skin, which in turn helps reduces the risk of cracked/sore nipples due to your hungry bub feeding. I normally keep another clean dry wash cloth for biting onto when it gets too painfull LOL! But believe me it pays off in the end!! :-)

ELIZABETH - posted on 01/28/2010

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When the child 1st latches on to the breast it is painfull but the pain should go away once latch on is aquired. If not then pull off and try again. I know I almost quit when my daughter was 4weeks because it hurt so bad to start. Hang in there though it does get better. Lansinoh is a thick cream you can put on that are safe for babies and they have it at walmart. I always put ice on mine too! Hang in there

Carolyn - posted on 01/28/2010

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one of the best things to ease nipple pain is your own breast milk (cheap and convenient!). Also, try cabbage leaves on your breasts!
But I agree with the other moms - if you were fine for the first few weeks and are only starting to feel pain now you might have an infection!
Good luck and I hope you're still able to continue nursing your baby!

Brittani - posted on 01/28/2010

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It could be the way she latches.. I recommend going to a lactation consultant.

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2010

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I did this in the beginning with my littlest and I am here to tell you that it is excruciating, but it doesnt last long. Try warming some tea bags and pressing them on your nipples. Itll get better, dont give up, also ppl tell me all the time to use lanolin but when I did that nothing worked I never tried the tea bags didnt know about them back then but it only lasted about a week

Samantha - posted on 01/28/2010

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i had that with my baby, it could be because she aint latching on properly now! cos that was my trouble even though it started well!

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2010

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Go to the Dr and ask to check if you have thrush. I ha it with my first and it hurt so bad! Just like you are saying. In the meantime, use warm tea bags and place on them after a feed and also use lanolin cream( at the pharmacy without a prescription) Don't give up on nursing because of this. Make sure you keep breast pads dry and if you do have thrush don't be ashamed it can happen to ANY breast feeding mother. Also get your baby checked for the thrush becuase if it is not treated in the baby as well it will just get passed back. My son showed no signs of it so he wasn't treated but i had it. After i used the cream the Dr told me to use i felt so much better. I am not going to say what it is although yuo can find out online but i don't' want to give information and tell you to use it if this is not what you have.

Good luck and keep up the great work!

Alison - posted on 01/28/2010

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This is normal, for the most part. I have been breastfeeding for 6 months and in the beginning, my nipples became very sore, chapped and even blistered. I used the lanolin gel and it helped to some degree but it just takes time for your nipples to "toughen up". It will get better, don't stop nursing, just push through the pain. The only thing to be concerned about is if you might have a yeast infection on your nipples. Make sure you keep them dry through the day and night, change your breast pads frequently and apply the lanolin after every feeding. You don't have to remove it for the next feeding either, its perfectly safe for the baby. You can find the lanolin at Motherhood Maternity, its called Lansinoh, and its in a purple tube. Your baby is beautiful, by the way, keep nursing... It's the best thing for her.

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