? Qu? I can do about sore nipples during breastfeeding?

October 6th, 2013 by Emily

Question:? Qu? I can do about sore nipples during breastfeeding I’m breastfeeding my baby? 3 months and a few weeks ago I developed a cut on my fish? n right … and I realize tonight is not a small cut on the left or … I have been using the cream fish? N in the p? Purple tube but is not? helping to court … ? Qu? I can do to help this? I’ve done the warm salt water tonight. Greatest answer: Alternate

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4 Comments on “? Qu? I can do about sore nipples during breastfeeding?”

  1. krystal says:

    wear a nipp;e shield…you can get them from your doctor

  2. Nate & Ryan's mom says:

    Try a different position. I’ve dealt with my fair share of cuts during breastfeeding and what I find to help the most is a different position. I typically nurse in the cradle position but when I have a cut and want to cry every time my son latches on, I switch and start nursing in the football position. That relieves the pain for me until the cut heals and I can go back to my normal positioning.

  3. ness858605 says:

    Might not have a good attachment. Call your local Le Leche organization, WIC office, or hospital; all three have programs to help with breastfeeding. Continue using the cream and use it often. Remember to switch back and forth between breasts and have baby take in as much of the areola as he can, not just the nipple. If you pump, might try pumping until you heal.

  4. mumto4 says:

    Oh I feel for you, I’ve been there and it hurts!! Definitely continue to use the nipple cream (100% lanolin) and make sure you are air drying your breasts after each feeding. If possible, going without a bra at this time is a good idea. Make sure you don’t over nurse on the breast, but don’t under nurse either – in other words, alternate breasts with each feed. Lots of moms want to just not nurse on that side until it heals, or nurse a lot less on that side, but then you run the risk of engorgement and mastitis so continue to nurse on the sore breast. If it is just too painful, at least hand express the milk off that side regularly.

    More importantly though, you need to figure out what is causing these cuts. Your baby is at an unusual age for this to happen. He is too young for teeth and a little old for latch issues. Obviously make sure his latch is correct (most insurances will pay for you to see your hospitals lactation consultant or see your free local LLL leader). Remember his mouth should be wide open when he put to the breast. His lips should splay outward, not curl inward, around the areola not just the nipple. Has his latch seemed to change recently? Has he had latch problems in the past? Is he falling asleep at the breast – if so, check to see if his latch changes. Many babies, once asleep, will stop actively nursing and instead kinda pinch the nipple between their gums so they can still suckle, but not really feed. If he is doing this, the pinched latch may be irritating your nipples. Just break the suction with your pinkie and if he starts to stir give him a pacifier or make him latch back on correctly. Also, make sure you are always letting him fall off the breast naturally or breaking his suction with the aforementioned pinkie technique. Do not pull your baby off the breast while he is still latched because this can cause the nipple problems.
    Another possible cause of cracked nipples is thrush. Thrush tends to spread to both mom and baby so if that’s the problem you will both need to be treated. Other symptoms that would indicate thrush would be shooting pains when you nurse, itchy or burning sensations, bright red nipples, white creamy stuff in your baby’s mouth, a change in latch (you may start to hear a clicking sound when he nurses) or a refusal to nurse, although babies often have no visible symptoms. Prescription treatment can be given by a doctor or you can ask your pharmacist for OTC gentian violet (about $5). It is extremely messy (both of you should wear old or dark clothes cause it stains) but putting it on your nipples/areola and in baby’s mouth with a q-tip for 4 days should clear up any thrush.
    Good luck!

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