Nipple soreness

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I am currently breastfeeding my 7week old... we just switched from strictly using a breast sheild while feeding to now just bare breasted. I am experiencing some nipple soreness I also notice that when she is latched and then comes off tmy breast that my nipple does look a little compacted if that makes sense? And from what I understand she is latching right! I am wondering if this is normal for me to be still experiencing nipple soreness even though her lips are flared out and she is doing what I feel is a good latch? Also she tends to dislatch herself quite often when I am just guessing is due to the fact that she is still learning the difference between the breast shield and the nipple.... Any suggestions would help! thank you

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Ashley - posted on 01/14/2009

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Yeah I was fortunate enough to have a LC come to come to my parents house while I was visiting them! And she said the latch looked good and she has continued to latch the same way but there are times when my nipple still looks compacted? And I am guessing the soreness is due to me just getting used to her nursing without the sheild! But I have just started to use the lanolin cream and also my milk!! But I figure if I have to continue with the breast shield I will because she is still getting the milk and really in the end that is all that matters! I just wish it was easier! I really feel for women who are in areas of the world that dont have the resources that we have (i.e. breast shields, formula, lanolin creams etc.!) I just cant imagine but I suppose they are a lot more tough and resourceful then I possibly may be! lol

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Lindsay - posted on 01/19/2009

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 I didnt have that problem but I have heard that as well. I actually heard it after I tied it, I didnt have to do it very long maybe a few days and my nipples were no longer sore. If they got really sore again I would do it again for a few days. I also always after a feed would put cream on and that was a huge help, it kept the driness and cracking down. My newest son, even though he had a great latch it was was still painful for the first 4 weeks. I hope you find something that works!

Lindsay - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have dealt with soreness for all of my children for a good 4 weeks, this might sound ridiculous bt man does it work. Cabbage leaves. I would put on some nipple cream and then a cabbage leaf in my bra from the fridge and it helped so well.



Dont give up it does get better and is so worth it !!! Good Luck I hope you feel better soon!

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2009

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Yeah she tends to do the whole pulling and tugging! and that actually doesnt hurt as much as the feeding lol!! Yeah I havent been nursing exclusively without the breast shield long but I am really going to stick with it cause I dont want her to have to have formula at all!!!

TaAnna - posted on 01/14/2009

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No..some women just have an easier time of it.  Trust me, you are tough if you are continuing to breastfeed through pain.  My son (now 2 1/2) made me bleed for SIX weeks.  Not fun.  Eventually I gave up and pumped for a year and fed him the milk out of the bottle.  He still had exclusive breast milk..it just was a roundabout way.  This time I was fortunate, in that the soreness only happened for two weeks.  Once I tried the cream again (I didn't keep at it long enough with him)...it began to feel better.  Now, she pulls, tugs, chews..and I don't feel a thing..I really think that it is all about the cream, and getting your nipples used to feeding.  Breathe deeply and go to your happy place while she is latching on and feeding, and give it time :)

TaAnna - posted on 01/14/2009

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Oh, my.  I feel for you.  I went through that with both my kids. The shield did nothing for me but make things worse. So, good for you to be off of it.  I would recommend the Lanolin cream..stick with it,  it worked wonders for me.  You don't have to wash it off,just apply it after she nurses.  My nipples still look a little compacted (my little girl is three months) when she comes off..but the pain is gone.   If your latch is right, I think the cream will work for you. Also, can you go to a lactation consultant at your hospital and have them observe the breastfeeding just to be sure? 



Congratulations..and continue to breastfeed, you are doing everything that you can do!

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2009

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The foot ball hold is you cradling the baby as if you would a football with their tummy tucked against your side, and then there is the cross cradle and that is when the baby is lets say feeding on your left breast and his/her tummy would be laid across your body this from what I understand is better to allow you to see your babys latch as well as when they are young you can give them good head and neck support and then theres the cradle and thats better when the infant has better control of their own head an neck and thats basically the same as the cradle! And last there is the side lying position and thats when you are laying on your side and your baby can nurse when you are lying down this is great for night feedings!

Kelly - posted on 01/14/2009

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hi i am breastfeeding but what r all these different ways of holding baby, football and cradle. what ways r these then?

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2009

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Jenna wow good for you... I dont know if I can do it for that long....because even now using the breast sheild is like night and day difference....so I am figuring that I am going to try switching positions with her cause I really haven't tried that as well as using lanolin and possibly try a cold compress. If that doesn't give me some relief I think I will continue using the breast shield until she gets a little older and can latch herself better.... thank you all so much for your words of encouragement and great advice!!!

Jenna - posted on 01/13/2009

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Sounds like me for the first 10 weeks lol! My lil guy is now 14 weeks. Are you saying it looks like kind of pinched with ridges? Is this both left and right sides , or only one? Positons? I went through hell for 10 weeks of pain, bleeding and blisters constantly. No one could diagnose my problem and why it only hurt latching on the left side. Out latch and positioning was seen as quote on quote as "perfect" by many RN's and LC's.I have always done football on the right and cradle on left because it feels like I have more control( right handed).  Turns out after 10 weeks of searching and I found the answer....my son has an overbite therefore he has to latch slightly differently. Very simple yet it made my life suck for 10 weeks! Worth checking in her mouth to see if upper and lower gums are in alignment. Because with an overbite even when there lips are turned out as they should be....underneath the gums will pinch and cause serious damage. No one who looked at my nipples could believe I was still BFing. It looked like the tip of my nipple was about to fall off.

Tara - posted on 01/13/2009

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Trust me when I say that your daughter will figure out how to latch on propperly!  If you can find a way to help her, that's wonderfull.  But she will not let herself go hungry, it's instinct.  I was in the hospital 3 days with my first (good insurance) and she didn't nurse well.  Some b**** nurse tried to tell me that she was going to have my daughter bottle fed in the nursery.  I kindly told her that she would likely loose her job because if a bottle came within a foot of my child for any reason I would sue, & that my child would be brought into my room within 5 minutes and remain there.  It was probably more the hormones than principal talking, but we were allowed to continue nursing.  Before we left the hospital she was doing MUCH better, and the week following she improved more.  When she swiched to bottles she had the same problem, but again she learned.



Give it time, and don't give up!



As far as the soreness, have you tried to compliment your products with cold compresses?  I used teething toys to elivate some of the discomfort.  They don't drip all over, and give the area some time off after a hard feeding.  I found that if I used large compresses my breast would be sore (as if engorged) but small compresses that covered the nipple helped.

Kelly - posted on 01/13/2009

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If she is latched on right it should not hurt but she might be sucking a little different because she is used to the breast sheild it just might take abit of time for her to get used to it i know its painful when i fed my 3rd using a breast sheild then went to feeding without it hurt  but it does get better i used nipple cream whiched helped the pain i used Lansinoh Lanolin 56g  which you can get at boots and it really does help

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2009

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im definately not wanting to give up I really want to stick with it.... but its just so upsetting that it isn't easier! I just try to only use the breast sheild when its necesssary.. but I do have lanolin and will try to use it more frequently as well as using my milk to also help heal the soreness.... but like Angie mentioned I just wanna do whatever it takes to give her as much breastmilk as possible... Im also hoping that as she gets older it will also get easier!

Natasha - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have also found that prevention is also the best way to alleviate the nipple soreness. Most of the time the football hold is a great hold for positioning and letting your nipples airdry helps out too. Applying a bit of PureLan (made by Medela) or Lanisoh also helps soothe nipples, and it is safe for baby to ingest - unlike nipple creams which have to be washed off before you nurse again. Slow steady gulps will also let you know that baby is latched on correctly too.  To make sure that your baby has their mouth open wide enough, don't wait until they are screaming to feed them, and make sure you pull their mouth open by their chin to open it up all of the way. Her tongue should be at the bottom of your breast instead of pressed against your nipple. Does tha make sense? I hope so. It's a lot different showing it, saying it out loud and then typing it out. LOL!

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hello lets see if I can help....



Well I know exactly where your coming from! I've breastfed my daughter until she was fourteen months and I am still breastfeeding my 6 month old. Nipple soreness will accure whether your using a guard or not! In the beginning its gonna be horrible with the soreness! I've tried the sheild and all! The first few months will be painful but only time will heal the soreness, but what was an extreme help was a wonderful cream called Lansinoh brand Lanolin! It soothes, and heals & protects dry, and cracked nipples! Apply a tear drop daily, and I promise you'll be healed in a month or so!

Emily - posted on 01/13/2009

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Some of that nipple soreness may just be your nipples getting used to nursing without a shield. I hope the LLL folks had some good information for you - are you seeing lots of swallowing and hearing that little swallowing noise?  I experienced some soreness early on and it wasn't the latch; he was a strong sucker and once my nipples toughened up the soreness passed. 



Be brave, get some good help, check the latch - it's worth it!

Odette - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter latched on right away properly. My nipples were extremely dry & sore for about 8 weeks. I had to use the Lanisoh (sp? - purple tube-a few times a day. That really made a huge difference.



I read about this because I didn't experience this when I nursed my son. My daughter is what's known as a "barracuda" baby in some books about nursing. They have a reallly powerful suckle. It takes a while for the nipples to build up the strength to handle this.



Hang in there. It's well worth it. :)

Angie - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi!  My son is now almost a year old, but I had a lot of trouble getting him to latch on and had tons of trouble nursing.  I used a breast shield for the first 8 weeks (it may have been a little longer).  I do remember having some struggles shortly after using it, because my nipples weren't used to him being latched on without the shield.  I think it may have taken a couple of weeks to get better and for the pain to subside.  Maybe you can use the shield once in awhile until it gets better.  I read alot about the shield being bad, but do whatever you need to do to stick with nursing!  It DOES get better!!  I promise.  At some point you will wonder how it ever could have been a challenge. This is coming from someone who cried a lot and said I hated nursing.  I am now just trying to ween my son at almost a year and am VERY thankful I stuck with it and had support.  I had a similar experience and the soreness did get better! 

Stick with it!  I am sure you are doing a great job!

Erica - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

Nipple soreness

I am currently breastfeeding my 7week old... we just switched from strictly using a breast sheild while feeding to now just bare breasted. I am experiencing some nipple soreness I also notice that when she is latched and then comes off tmy breast that my nipple does look a little compacted if that makes sense? And from what I understand she is latching right! I am wondering if this is normal for me to be still experiencing nipple soreness even though her lips are flared out and she is doing what I feel is a good latch? Also she tends to dislatch herself quite often when I am just guessing is due to the fact that she is still learning the difference between the breast shield and the nipple.... Any suggestions would help! thank you



My daughter is 5 months and the nipple soreness lasted about 12 weeks or so it will go away you just have to tough it out once it's gone it's gone thank god!! good luck and i hope you have continued success in breastfeeding

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2009

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Well its so good to know that I am not the only one experiencing this! I am going to a LL meeting tonnight so I will hopefully be able to recieve more help thanks for all your help!

Kerry - posted on 01/13/2009

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I used a nipple shield also. Try weaning off the nipple shield rather than stopping all together. I used one all the time at first then used it only once or so a day if i was a bit sore. If your nipples look squashed then she may not be latched as well as she could, I had the same problem and was putting my nipple too high in her mouth. But you will both get the hang of it!!! As her mouth gets bigger latching will be easier too.



Plus breastfeeding does hurt a bit until you get the hang of it

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2009

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Yeah that is what I had thought... I am using the cross cradle to feed her as well as I have been trying to do the side lying position with her as well.... I have been watching videos on the internet to try and seee what exactly I am doing wrong... and the other thing is that I do not have a large areola so that is also where I am not able to understand if she is latching exactly right..... But when she is latched she has my nipple and my entire areola in her mouth at once>?

Dawn - posted on 01/13/2009

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it sounds to me even though you may think shes latched on correctly but the compressed nipple and soreness sort of suggests that she may not be, what position do u feed?



if you try putting your finer in your mouth at an up angle you will feel that instead of going str8 back u will hit the hard pallet at the top, this is mainly where positioning goes wrong hence sore nipples, try to latch baby so she is facing str8 on to nipple and make sure that the whole nipple and most of areola is in her mouth, also make sure her lip isnt curling under, as you get slow, steady sucks and she does the "booby drunk" phase u'll pretty much no its rite



hope this helps, if not and you are still having problems i will contact my collegues to c if there is n e thing they can suggestx

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