Hi! I have been EBF our 3rd child who is 3.5 weeks. We started off okay, but by day two in the hospital my nipples were already cracked and bleeding. I had cracked nipples with my first two, and I know it gets better so we kept at it. Once my milk came in though, things got worse because I was engorged and there was not much to latch onto. Her latch became TERRBILE and the cracks ended up getting worse.
Okay, so fast forward about 10 days postpartum - after seeing a lactation consultant several times, we determined that she had a very shallow latch and was very resistant to opening her mouth wide enough. After about a week of me holding her chin down during feedings and working on getting her to open wider, her latch has improved drastically and I think I'm starting to heal, but the cracks are still there. They are no longer bleeding, just THERE. Especially right when she pulls off - they look like little craters. I'm using APNO and Bactroban that my doctor prescribed to ward off infection and staying braless as much as possible.
I guess I'm just wondering how long I should reasonably expect it to take for them to look normal again? I feel like we've improved her latch, although she's very tiny and I still have to be very dilligent about correcting her if she tries to just latch on to my nipple. Nursing is not so horrifically painful anymore, but I am still really sore. Does it sound like we're on the road to recovery? Anyone else go through the same thing?