I am a new mom and my dd is 6 days old. I realized after a few days of painful nursing that my positioning was not correct, which led to the intensely sore and red nipples. Then I switched up my position and tried to ensure she ws latching on correctly. However, sometimes I still feel some pain with the initial latch on my left breast. I now realize that I have scabs on both my nipples (only at the tops of them though). I have been using lanolin on them after I nurse her, but they are not going away. I think these contribute to her not latching on as well because they are rough feeling. So now I express a little milk first to soften them.
Sorry to babble, my main question is, what can I do to heal these scabs? and How long should it take for them to heal completely?