Re: Bad sore and crack at base of nippple Bout ready to qui
I'm so sorry, mama. I have an 8 week old and I had many of the same issues you had, also on the left breast. He always got a decent latch on the right side, but the left one is inverted, so it was really hard for him (and myself) at first. I was missing a chunk of the nipple, which bled every time he nursed, it was cracked, blistered, you name it. I also ended up with thrush in the very early weeks. So yeah, not fun times. I absolutely dreaded nursing him on the left, and I had a bit of an oversupply problem which made it all worse since that flattens the nipple even more so than it already was... Ugh. Just talking about it makes my nipple hurt.
Anyway, I would second (or third, or fourth) the idea of seeing an IBCLC to help you with latch. Nothing beats getting hands on help. I can also completely understand why you want to pump that breast and not nurse, but when you're dealing with latch issues, giving a bottle isn't the best idea. She will learn to latch properly quicker with each time she does it. If you latch her and it hurts, unlatch and try again. I also would recommend pumping for a minute or so to draw the nipple out. That is what I found helped me the most with the initial pain of his latch (other than being treated for the thrush). And I will also say that I exclusively pumped with my first son for a year after a month of trying to nurse because I just didn't have the right help, and it was brutal. Pumping for baby is much, much, much harder in the long run and many women who attempt it don't last and end up formula feeding.
Good job to you for pushing through mama, I know you can do it. Get yourself some help though, you don't have to suffer. It WILL get better.
Mommy to L - May 7, 07' , B - February 7, 09' , and R - August 18, 12'