Sore Nipples after 9 months

Amie - posted on 10/04/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby is 9 months old this week and just this past week, it has been very painful to breastfeed him. My nipples are a little sore after, but the majority of the pain comes when he first latches on. Anybody have any idea why? We haven't had any problems with breastfeeding this far. I don't think it is thrush, bc he does not have any white spots in his mouth. Thanks for your help!

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April - posted on 10/04/2010

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could be a milk bleb. they can be hard to see. sometimes they are under the skin, deep enough that you have to strain to see it. also, maybe he bit you and you didn't know. i was having nipple pain about a month ago (my son was 20 months at the time) and thought it was odd. then i looked a little closer and discovered a bite mark that was like a small open wound. i didn't even know he bit me

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It could be his latch. Some babies need their latch corrected even when they are older. They become "lazy" when nursing sometimes. Make sure he has a good latch. Does he have top teeth? When my daughter's top teeth came in sometimes they would rub my nipple and leave indentations making my nipples sore. I have to make sure that I position her so that her head is well supported so her teeth are not dragging down on my nipple. Laying down while nursing has really helped this for me. Has your period returned? About a week before my first period returned my nipples got really sore. I actually thought I was pregnant until I got my period and then it all made sense. Now, about a week before each period my nipples get sore. Check out this article about thrush too. Sometimes white patches don't show, but you and/or baby may still have thrush. I've never had it so I don't know how it feels.

http://breastfeeding.hypermart.net/thrus...

Jessie - posted on 11/04/2010

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My son had no signs of thrush in his mouth but rest assured that is exaclty what I had and it was HORRIBLE to treat and cure. it was when he was a newborn so at first I thought he had developed a bad latch. and the first couple of prescriptions we were immune to (my son also had yeast in his diaper area) We had to get Diflucan (fluconazole) and use Gentian Violet and boil EVERYTHING that came in contact with his mouth, or my breasts daily.

http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_...

Rhonda - posted on 11/04/2010

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You might have thrush. Usually painful nursing is the first sign of thrush. Does your baby have a diaper rash? Or white spots in their mouth?

Jill - posted on 11/04/2010

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I had the same issue last month, just for a few days, and now it's back. I think it's my period, which returned when my baby was 3 months old. I am pretty sure it's tied to my ovulation, based on the timing, but other information I've seen says it could also happen during your period or if you're pregnant - basically it can be linked to hormones. this link had some other suggestions: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/so...
Hope yours gets better too!

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Sarah - posted on 11/04/2010

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Same issue. It was the positioning and latch for us. We both had become lazy, and Clara likes to do everything herself. It's cute... except when it hurts.

April - posted on 10/04/2010

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Amie, if it is a milk bleb...i removed mine myself with a sterile needle, but i wouldn't recommend that unless it is a desperate situation. if you got an infection, it could hurt your milk supply. i only took matters into my own hands because the doctor thought i was nuts and didn't see anything. i would also see about having a lactation consultant (or someone breastfeeding friendly, knowledgable) about removing it.

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