Re: Still having problems with cracks and soreness!
Joe.s.mom gave excellent advice and information, as she always does.
I'm curious about a couple of points about your baby's latch. First, how does the latch feel? It's very common for the latch to look fine on the outside but feel terrible on the inside- and it's what the latch feels like that matters. Second, when baby is finished nursing, what shape is your nipple? Is it symmetrical, like a pencil eraser, or asymmetrical/wedged/ridged/creased/shaped like a new lipstick?
A few more things you can do to cope with cracked skin in the nipple area:
- Go topless/braless as much as possible to reduce chafing to already-sore nipples
- Practice rigorous hygiene
- Keep the humidity in your house high, use gel pads for the cracks, keep using the ointment- the moister the skin the easier the healing process (usually- this is not necessarily true when there's bacterial or fungal infection)
- Before latching baby on, immerse your nipples in a shot glass full of warm water to hydrate the scabs on the cracks. Softened scabs tear open less painfully than dry ones.
- If the latch is uncomfortable, experiment with different positions until you find one that works better than the rest- don't worry, other positions will come in time as your baby grows!
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