Re: Cracked nipple
with the PP. (Thanks for bumping this one!). A visit with an IBCLC would be my first choice.
Healing broken skin in the nipple area is hard to do when the baby's latch is off or when the nipple is short or inverted- if the baby can't get a good latch for whatever reason, the crack just keeps reopening and once the crack is established it tends to take a long time to heal. I suggest taking the following steps:
- use a combination of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin antibiotic ointment on the crack. Mix and apply a pea sized amount using a clean finger.
- keep the humidity high. Stay away from air conditioning! Dry skin is the enemy of healing, in my experience.
- vary your nursing position. There may be one position that allows a better, deeper latch.
- be patient. A small baby has a small mouth and that makes latching difficult at the best of times. But babies grow and their mouths grow, so this situation should improve with time.
Hang in there, mama!
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