I have extremely cracked, blistering nipples from breastfeeding but my son rejects formula its 4 a.m. and he refuses to sleep. What can I do? This is Hell

Heather - posted on 12/20/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Late Friday evening, I was feeding my son and put him down for a few minutes to check the food I was making for my husband because he works late and I noticed blood on my son's shirt. I was startled at first but figured he might of scraped the inside of his mouth with his fingernail as a result of putting his fingers in his mouth. Well, a day later I began having sharp pains like hypodermic needle piercing through my right nipple any time he would latch on and nurse. I thought it would go away in a few days well, the pains were so severe last night I was crying out in my sleep and noticed that my son was squirming. I went downstairs to make him a bottle and looked at my nipple under the light and I noticed a huge horizontal crack in the center of my nipple that was oozing pus. I called my doctor and he said to use A + D ointment on it. Well, its unsafe for babies to ingest. I thought I could use my left boob to feed him but he's not getting enough out of it and he refuses to stop sucking on it (he sucked on it from 10:40 p.m. til 3 a.m. nonstop. Well the left one started to hurt and now there appears to be a crack and a bubble on that one too. I haven't slept in two days. PLEASE HELP!

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Mia - posted on 12/22/2011

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oh Heather that sounds sooo painful! Lansinoh is a great product for sore/cracked nipples. Are you able to express of the cracked nipple side to give it a break or use a nipple shield? Have you see your child health nurse/lactation consultant for advice/support? Good luck xx

Leanne - posted on 12/20/2011

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I would suggest putting some kind of lanolin cream on it, which is ok for baby. Also, pump to keep up your supply and feed it to baby. It WILL get better! Don't let a thing like this stop you from breastfeeding! You can make it through this!

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