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    Default what to do for sore nipples??

    My LO is 15 wks old. He goes to daycare; I pump at work and nurse at home. In the past two weeks, my nipples have become sore. I'm not sure what's causing them to be sore and how to fix it. I have not increased suction on my pump; in fact I've decreased it. Nothing seems to help. I dread pumping b/c I know it's going to hurt; and I'm almost to the point where I dread nursing b/c it hurts so bad. So what's a mom to do?? Thanks for any help!

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    Default Re: what to do for sore nipples??

    http://www.kellymom.com/newman/03b-t...s.html#raynaud

    my leader swears by newmans nipple cream, you have to have it made at a compounding pharmacy.

    heres some LLL links
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/sore.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/thrush.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/heal.html


    IS this a burning pain or in your breast also? That can mean thrush.
    What's the pain like?

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    Default Re: what to do for sore nipples??

    hi jennifer. welcome to the forum and congratulations on your LO!

    as the links above state, the cause of nipple soreness is probably caused by a poor latch. so make sure baby is latched to your breast correctly. i had the same problem when my dd was about 2 months old. i dreaded nursing her because it hurt so much! then a month later, i noticed a white coating on her tongue...we were diagnosed with thrush...and this didn't make things any better for us. but 5 months later, we are thrush free and breastfeeding is going well! i applied the all purpose nipple ointment and it helped with the pain. it still use it sometimes when dd goes through a growth spurt and wants to nurse all day/night long.

    good luck!
    Mommy to...
    Aleina... born on Mother's Day, May 14, 2006...7lbs 4oz, 21.6 inches
    Lauryn Elle...January 26, 2008...7lbs 15oz, 20 inches

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    Default Re: what to do for sore nipples??

    Hi Ladies, thanks so much for your responses. I was thinking it might be a bad latch, but I'm not quite sure. There is no burning sensation and it's just the actual nipple. It's just a sore/sensitive feeling. So this maybe just a poor latch. I'll make sure the LO is latching correctly and use some cream in the meantime. Thanks!

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    Default Re: what to do for sore nipples??

    I used to get sore nipples too from baby's poor latch. Lansinoh (pure lanolin) helped me a great deal. I applied a generous amount before and after feeding. It doesn't have to be cleaned off before breastfeeding as it is harmless to baby.

    I also learned to improve my baby's latch by watching the videos at this website:
    http://www.thebirthden.com/Newman.html

    Hope you feel better soon.
    Caylen Koen Chew (25/05/06)
    Lost No.2 in Aug 2008 ... Lost No. 3 in May 2009 Hoping for another ... Enjoying No.1



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    Default Re: what to do for sore nipples??

    I just have to add that I have battled sore nipples for all of our 6 months of breastfeeding and recently discovered that much of it is caused by pumping! I have a Pump in Style, and always use the lowest suction. I figured this out b/c I went on vacation and didn't pump for 2 weeks and the pain improved! Sadly, I must pump while at work though and no LC has an idea of what to do to help me...

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    Default Re: what to do for sore nipples??

    do you have any luck with hand expression?
    IT can work almost as well as a pump when you get some practice!

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    Default Re: what to do for sore nipples??

    Do you have a good resource that explains hand expression? I haven't tried it.

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