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    Default How to prevent sore nipples before baby is born?

    Hi All,
    It has been a while since I have used this site. It was super helpful to have it available while I was breast feeding my son who is now 2.5 years old. I breast fed him for 17 months. I am currently 27 weeks pregnant and wondering if there is anything I can do now to prevent sore nipples? I had sore nipples for the first month with my son and yes he was latching just fine and all was well. It eventually went away and I applied lanisoh cream(sp)? But it was very painful and my sister had to hold my hand for the first few sucks. I truly don't want this experience again so hoping there is something I can do now to prevent it from happening again. Again the baby latch was just fine and even the lactation consultant thought so too. Any advice? Should I start using the lanisoh cream now?
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    Default Re: How to prevent sore nipples before baby is born?

    Unfortunately, there's really nothing you can do to toughen your nipples during pregnancy. I suspect that the soreness you had with your first baby was due to a latch that wasn't quite perfect. It's very, very common for the latch to look good on the outside but to still be imperfect on the inside. A tiny baby has a tiny mouth and tongue and with that combination it's hard to latch on deeply even when everything is just right. Often the first few sucks are quite painful, as the nipple is sucked back into the ideal position on the back of the tongue underneath the soft palate. People call it the "30 second sizzle" (though it can last more or less time than that).
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    Default Re: How to prevent sore nipples before baby is born?

    Congrats on expecting new baby!

    I suggest, if you did not try laid back nursing (biological nurturing) before, learn about and try that. I had terrible latch pain and nipple injury with my oldest and none with my youngest, who I nursed laid back from the first nursing session. I am not saying there were not other differences, there were, but I have seen this help so many moms with painful latch. Plus it is just a way more comfortable position overall for both baby and mom, which is really important in those early nurse-a-thon weeks. See http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/ and http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf

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    Default Re: How to prevent sore nipples before baby is born?

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    For me, starting from 3 months until I gave birth, I was applying a little baby oil or sometimes lotion to my breasts and nipples and tummy.
    Like when you normally apply lotion after a shower to you body, I just included my boobs in this daily routine.
    I don't think this will 'toughen' your nipples, but mine ended up becoming soft and pliant... mind you, I didn't feel really sore until after a week and never had to use lasinol cream during breastfeeding. And that soreness went away after few days. My issues during those first couple of weeks were the clogged ducts (in my armpits) rather than sore nipples. This is also my first child and didn't know much about BFing. I regret not researching so much about it whilst pregnant as I was so focused on researching about Unassisted Childbirth.
    Nways, that is my advice, baby oil on nipples and breasts, massaging breasts wouldn't be so bad either, many cases of breasts lumps or cysts were discovered early simply because of women who massage their own breasts....

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