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Tips on coping with a bad crack:
- Moisture- keep the crack covered with a hydrogel pad or lanolin ointment, keep the humidity high in your house
- Use combination of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin antibiotic ointment to combat inflammation/infection- use pea-sized amount mixed and applied with clean finger
- Hydrate crack prior to nursing by immersing it for 30-60 seconds in shot glass full of want water (scab will open less painfully when hydrated)
- Reduce chaffing by going topless/bra-less as much as possible
- Feed on the good side first and the cracked side second (babies tend to be more gentle and have more patience for repeated latching attempts after their hunger is somewhat satisfied)
- Consider feeding only on the good side and just pumping the cracked side for a few days or even for just part of every day in order to promote healing and get through this rough patch
- Experiment with different nursing positions- if one works better than the others, use it
- When pumping, reduce workload by leaving pump screwed to bottle and popping entire assembly in fridge. When it's time to pump again, you can pump new milk on top of the old. It's safe to do this 1x before washing everything again- but it still cuts pump wash load in half!
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