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    Default bleeding nipples and not deep latch

    I'm looking for help.... I have a 4 day old baby who is all about nursing, but she wont latch very deeply. I can't get her to open her mouth very wide. I can usually get her to latch a little deeper as the feeding goes on.

    Last night, I noticed that I am bleeding from both sides and my milk is red tinged.

    My questions are....
    - can I still nurse even though I'm bleeding?
    - how to I get my nipples to heal
    - how can I get her to latch deeper?

    I used a sheild with my son and was hoping to avoid that, but will use i if it will help the situation.

    Thanks!
    Mel

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    Default Re: bleeding nipples and not deep latch

    Congrats on your new baby! The best thing to do, if it's possible for you, if you try to get in touch with a LLL leader in your area who could actually meet up with you and see the latch. Do you have access to Lactation Consultants through your hospital (if you had a hospital birth)?

    You CAN still nurse even if there is blood in the milk. As for a deeper latch, make a sandwich with your whole areola and make sure to pull your baby really tightly to your body when she's latching. I can't explain it well which is why in person help is so important.
    To help you heal make sure you air our your nipples between feedings and use lasinoh (lanolin) as much as possible. Other ladies here have other tricks I'm hoping they will chime in with. Good luck! You can get through this!

    Anne- Mom to two active boys: Henry 10/06 and Jamie 4/09


    Looking for an LLL leader in your area? click:
    http://www.llli.org/webindex.html

    confused about abbreviations? check this out:
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=807

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    Default Re: bleeding nipples and not deep latch

    I agree with pp. Contact a lactation expert in you area. As long as your lo keeps taking only the nipple and not your areola, you will be sore.
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    Default Re: bleeding nipples and not deep latch

    you should help you little one latch on, get some lansinoh for your sore nipples, and medela makes a nice nipple shield that works great. I had this problem 2 months ago.

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    Default Re: bleeding nipples and not deep latch

    I'm looking for help.... I have a 4 day old baby who is all about nursing, but she wont latch very deeply. I can't get her to open her mouth very wide. I can usually get her to latch a little deeper as the feeding goes on.

    Welcome and congrats!

    Do you have any help? A local LLL Leader? An IBCLC?


    Last night, I noticed that I am bleeding from both sides and my milk is red tinged.

    Ouch.

    My questions are....
    - can I still nurse even though I'm bleeding?

    Yes.

    - how to I get my nipples to heal

    Correct the latch. Go topless as much as you can or leave the flaps on your nursing bra down so that your nipples can get air. Rub a little of your own breastmilk into your nipples after feedings. If the cracks are bad, definitely wash the nipples once a day with a mild soap (not antibacterial!!) and rinse really well. Pat dry. That will help prevent infection. Also, consider using some Lansinoh to help to keep the area moist (the good kind of moist).

    - how can I get her to latch deeper?

    Make sure that baby's head is slightly tilted back. Tickle baby's lips with your nipple. Wait until the mouth is open wide, then latch on.

    More info:
    http://parenting.ivillage.com/newbor...z_9lhb,00.html
    http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...knows-how.html
    And a helpful video:
    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...uteHelper.html


    Hang in there!

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