I am currently nursing my 4 week old and having difficulties with my right nipple. When he was born he had latching issues and i developed very bloody cracked nipples specifically on the right breast. As it started to heal and develop a scab, my very hungry newborn accidentally pulled the scab off (ouch!). So i was basically left with a skinless nipple (sorry for being so graphic). Anyway, 3 weeks later its still healing- no skin yet but definitely see some progress with the healing-but super slow. Although, every time he nurses on it or i pump on this breast it seems to revert back and become more irritated. A friend recommended i use a nipple shield on this breast until it heals but i keep reading they are not so helpful with healing and i already can sense a little nipple confusion when he nurses on my better breast (left)- doesn't open his mouth as wide anymore. Any suggestions on how to keep nursing on the wounded nipple without a shield, while still allowing it to heal properly? for treatment, I am currently using Lanolin and a saline wash on the nipple after each feeding and wearing a breast pad. Moist healing.
thanks so much!