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    I am a first time mom, also a stay at home mom...I first tried breastfeeding my daughter at the hospital, but was to sore to finish, and since she was born 5lbs 14oz, they were having me supplement feeding her as well. I then tried again, but once she was a week stopped due to soreness of the nipples. I have pumped for her since then, although I cracked and slightly bled every time I nursed her (I tried at least once a day) I recently tried again (she is now a month old) and I gushed a ton of blood, enough in fact to soak a wipe. It doesn't hurt when I nurse her, so its hard for me to tell if she is latched on right or not, since I can't feel anything. But once she latches off...I get sharp pains and start bleeding. Does anyone know what this might be and what I can do?

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    I really hope someone can get on here and help you with this. I have just a big hug..... A LLL moderator maybe......? Congrats and Welcome you will find help here

    kate
    My little May baby just turned THE BIG ONE!
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    still here anyone.....? I never bleed as much as poster describes so I dont have any real good advice. I know that I continued to breastfeed through it and it got better.
    My little May baby just turned THE BIG ONE!
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    Hello! Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! It sounds like you injured your nipple, can you see a crack now anywhere, or see where the blood is coming from? Do you have someone who can take a look at your latch? Sometimes if you injure your nipple, sometimes pumping can reinjure it, or if the baby is not latched on well, that can reopen a crack.

    When you are latching the baby on, there are a few things you can look for to make sure she is on well. First, many moms find it helpful to use an asymmetric latch, you will want to aim your nipple for the roof of her mouth. Her mouth should be wide open, and both lips should be flipped outward like fish lips. If they are not, this can be a common cause of nipple pain. Some babies need a little help getting their lips flipped outward. And, her tongue should come out past her gums and curl around the underside of your nipple/areola.

    If you see any cracks, we can help you treat those as well!

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    Yes I have many cracks...and I am bruised as well. The way to describe my pain, it is like razors rubbing together on my nipples after she latches off. I use lanolin, but I think I am allergic to it because it burns for a few hours after I put it on. I air out my nipples, I even also use heat & cool pads, warm towel...but it still don't work.

    My daughter is a month old, and I babysit my 4 month old niece...so I would have a hard time going to a LC, and since I am a stay at home mom DH don't make enough to get a private LC to come to my house. I feel at a loss and don't like the fact that I can't nurse my daughter. I have watched videos on breastfeeding, read things online...but it only seems as though it gets worse.

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    Also, I did call a LC, and she told me I am probably one who just can't do it, but I don't want to give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunchofNerds_3 View Post
    Also, I did call a LC, and she told me I am probably one who just can't do it, but I don't want to give up
    she is wrong ignore her. there is a le leche 1800 number you can call somewhere on this website as well as your local leader , or maybe a lactation consultant at the hospital, assuming its not the one who gave you the silly above advice. by chance is there any white spots in lo ones mouth. the pain after the \feeding concerns me? maybe thrush?
    My little May baby just turned THE BIG ONE!
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    At first she did have white spots...but her doctor said it wasn't thrush, I thought maybe the same thing. It was the main lady at the hospital, I think who told me that. I hate the fact that pumping isn't working for me, it seems like I'm drying up. I only pump a quarter of an ounce (both sides) every two hours.

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    My first thought was thrush too.

    From http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/html/candida.shtml:
    Mothers describe the pain as ‘liquid fire’, ‘hot needles’, ‘razor blades’, ‘a piece of glass stuck in my nipple’, etc. I’ve heard many mothers say that they would rather go through labor again than have yeast on their nipples or in their milk ducts, which gives you an idea of just how painful this condition is.
    Here is a good link for seeing if it is thrush: http://lactinv.com/tscreen.htm

    I had problems using lanolin. It was so stiff even when I softened it, that it hurt to apply it. this stuff is absolutely amazing for sore and cracked nipples. Highly recommended! http://www.healin-hollers.com/healing.htm

    Don't worry about your milk supply right now. (You can only worry about SO much at a time, KWIM?) When your skin is healed, you can relactate. I lost my milk supply because I couldn't stick it out through painful cracked nipples. (My son has had thrush for 4 months). My milk supply is back 100%

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...lehealing.html
    http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/sorenipples.html

    http://breastfeeding.hypermart.net/thrush.html
    http://www.llli.org//FAQ/thrush.html
    http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/html/candida.shtml
    Last edited by @llli*vanne; October 5th, 2007 at 09:49 PM.

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    can you see another dr. It seems like if your lo had spots then yes indeed you both have a yeast overgrowth. check back in when you can
    My little May baby just turned THE BIG ONE!
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