Hi there, I'm new around here and am hoping others have had a similar experience. My baby is 2.5 weeks old and has been a great nurser from the beginning, and has been gaining weight beautifully. The hospital where I gave birth is very supportive of breastfeeding and I've been lucky to have guidance from day 1. Whether because of tongue-tie (which we're hopefully going to take care of this week) or the learning curve on getting a good latch, my nipples have been pretty seriously injured. They are both bloody and deeply cracked.
After consulting with my awesome LC, I started applying a little bacitracin to them as well as using lanolin, gel pads, and salt-water soaks. For the past 24 hours or so I've been pumping using a Medela Pump in Style. So far, so good, but I'm terrified to jeopordize my milk supply and I miss breastfeeding so much. I know that through a good latch it's possible to heal, but after having open wounds for over a week and tons of pain all the time, I started wincing even thinking of putting him to the breast. He sometimes wants to nurse constantly for several hours and the pain was unbearable.
Anyone have experience with a situation like this? Any tips, advice, or just encouragement is most welcome!