Re: Cracked nipple that won't heal
Cracking can be a latching problem, and latch problems can affect only one side, or can affect one side more than the other. But cracking can also be a pumping problem, or an infection problem, or a combination of pumping, latching, and infection problems. It can be tough to tease out the root cause of a crack!
Since you had redness associated with the crack, and because the crack has closed some and the redness has disappears since you started the combination antifungal--antibacterial cream, I'm thinking that infection is a good explanation for at least some of the cracking. The fact that nursing doesn't hurt also suggests that this is an infection problem rather than a latch problem.
Are you experiencing any of the following:
- burning or itching sensations, particularly in between nursing or pumping sessions
- nipples appearing more red or pink than normal
- flaking or dry-appearing skin in the breast or nipple area
- a vaginal yeast infection (you) or oral thrush or diaper yeast rash (baby)
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