Re: How to heal tear in nipple?
What does your midwife or doctor say?
For cracked skin in the nipple area, my LC recommended a combination of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin ointment to combat inflammation and infection. She said to use a pea-sized amount, mixed and applied using a clean fingertip, and said it did not need to be washed off before nursing.
Cracks can be persistent when they are getting reopened at every feeding. Have you tried varying your baby's nursing position? As a last resort, you could try taking him off that breast altogether for a few days, nursing solely on the good side and hand-expressing or pumping the cracked side to get milk for any supplements that are needed (if one breast doesn't provide enough for baby's needs). That way the breast would get a chance to heal. But when your baby is already unhappy with the right side, allowing him a big break from it could cause him to reject it altogether- which is why I would do this only as a last resort!
Time may take care of the problem- I had wicked bad cracks for 4.5 months, and just when I thought they would never, ever heal, they started to close up and were gone within a week or so!
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