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  1. #1
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    Nov 2012

    Unhappy Cracked Nipples & Oversupply/letdown

    I am currently trying to correct an oversupply and overactive letdown. I also have cracked nipples that are more like craters than cracks. I am sure it is from a poor latch due to my little guy gagging and fighting my letdowns during nursing.

    Have any other mothers experiences this issue? I am thinking my nipples might heal after I return to work in January, but wanted to see if there was anything I could do now to help them heal.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or past experiences.

    Note: I don't remember having an oversupply with my first son, but I think I had a heavy let down since we thought my son had colic for 6 months, but it might have been from my letdown making him so gassy.
    Mother to Alexander (September 2010) and Henry (October 2012).

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Cracked Nipples & Oversupply/letdown

    Craters, huh? Been there, done that.

    Are your nipples emerging from baby's mouth symmetrical, like pencil erasers, or asymmetrical/creased/wedged/ridged/shaped like new lipsticks?

    Tips for healing/coping:
    - See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for help with your latch.
    - Get baby checked for a tongue tie, and make sure you discuss the possibility of a posterior tie.
    - Moist healing: slather the craters with lanolin ointment, use hydrogel pads (e.g. Soothies), and keep the humidity in your house high.
    - Practice rigorous hygiene- wash your bras on hot, change your towels and breast pads often.
    - Fight inflammation and infection by using a combination of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin ointment on the craters. Use a pea-sized amount, mixed and applied using a clean finger. Does not have to be washed off before nursing.
    - Before nursing, immerse the nipple in a shot glass full of warm water. That will hydrate the crack, and should make nursing less painful because softened scabs tear open less painfully than dry ones.
    - Vary your nursing position.

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