Re: Wound on nipple HURTS so bad
Ouch, mama! When a blister breaks, what results is like a tiny crack. Usually these heal quickly, within a week or so. Yours may be persisting due to the cold, dry winter air, or you may have picked up an infection in that area which is preventing healing from taking place.
Don't stop nursing on that side if you can help it. That could result in engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis, or loss of supply on that side. You don't want to add those problems to a painful cracked nipple.
Here are some things you can do:
1. Moist healing. Keep the humidity in your house nice and high, if possible. Put lanolin on the crack.
2. Before latching baby onto the hurt side, immerse the cracked nipple in a shot glass of warm water. If there is a scab in the crack, hydrating it and softening it will allow it to tear open less painfully.
3. Use a mix of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin antibiotic ointment on the crack to combat inflammation and infection. Use a pea-sized amount, mixed and applied with a clean finger.
4. Try varying your nursing position. Recurrent blisters and persistent cracks can be a latch issue, often coincident with teething.
5. Nurse on the unhurt breast first. Babies tend to nurse most aggressively at the beginning of a feeding. If you fill your baby up on the unhurt breast, she may be a bit gentler on the wounded side.
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