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    Default Dark Red Spots on Nipples

    Hi everyone. New user on the site.

    My wife, Annette, is a new breastfeeder. Our baby, Cori, is now 4 days old. Annette has experienced a lot of discomfort, in particularly, dark red spots on the nipples. I have been reading through the posts to try to get her support. We took the two classes at the hospital and both specialists seemed to think that the latch was OK. I'm thinking it might not be.

    Are these spots normal? They look like dark red hickies. I'm just trying to help her out. She wants to breastfeed and would like to find out how to treat it and how to avoid it in the future.

    It's hard to see her in pain. What can I do?

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    Default Re: Dark Red Spots on Nipples

    is she in pain while she feeds? i wish i had heard of that before, but don't give up. i'm sure someone here can help! have you tried different positions? the football hold, cross cradle, sometimes switching positions can help. also, make sure your baby is latched right, the way i was taught was to hold the breast and form it into the shape of a pancake/hamburger (whichever you prefer ) and line up to babies mouth. when baby opens mouth, bring baby to breast quickly. it helped me alot. also, you can help your wife by holding her breast or the baby to gain the initial latch, my husband did this and it was a great help. it will get better!
    Lisa
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    Paul (3/11/10)

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    Thanks PigPen....we'll try the hamburger trick. It was nice of you to reply.

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    no problem! if that doesn't work please let us know!
    Lisa
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    James (11/8/06)
    Kelly Anne (3/14/08)
    Paul (3/11/10)

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    Default Re: Dark Red Spots on Nipples

    She tried the pancake and she said that it helped. She also bought some lanolin....I hope that this helps....thanks for your help.

    This website is such an amazing resource!

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    Congratulations on your newest arrival!

    The dark spots on the nipple that you described sound like blood blisters. This could occur if baby doesn't latch on far back on the areola (the dark area around the nipple), causing baby's tongue or gums to rub the nipple. When baby latches on effectively, his gums will bypass the nipple entirely and land far back on the areola. This is where the "hamburger technique" that an earlier poster described comes in handy.

    This video (non-LLL resource) gives some good tips on acheiving a comfortable latch. Note: This video is for an audience of medical professionals, but the information shared is very helpful for mothers and partners, as well.:
    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...uteHelper.html

    Here are some links that outline proper latch/positioning:
    http://www.llli.org//llleaderweb/LV/LVAugSep00p63.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/bas...resources.html (non-LLL resource)
    http://www.wiessinger.baka.com/bfing.../position.html

    Here's some information on assymetrical latch:
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVFebMar04p3.html


    Does your wife feel like her milk has "come in"? Are her breasts engorged? About how many wet and dirty diapers has baby had in the past 24 hours? About how many times has baby nursed in the past 24 hours? Does your baby seem alert? Sleepy?

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    Default Re: Dark Red Spots on Nipples

    My wife's breasts have come in.....Cori's bms and pees are appropriate ...thanks so much for the videos and websites.

    The baby is fussy at feeding time sometimes. She pulls back on my wife's sore nipples....is there something we can do about that?

    It's so tough going through this the first time.....you know? We've read a lot of books, and watched videos.....etc.

    It's day five and I'd say that the baby is getting more alert each day.....

    Oh, one other thing....at night, after she feeds, she can't sleep on her back. I put her in the bassinet and she seems really uncomfortable. The only comfortable position is her sleeping on her stomach on my body. I have to keep her close, because if she sleeps like that in the bassinet, I'm afraid of SIDS. Any ideas?
    Last edited by schliggins; October 8th, 2007 at 10:33 AM.

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    Default Re: Dark Red Spots on Nipples

    Have you tried placing your baby on its side? Mine is more comfortable that way, more so than his back. If you try the side position, you should really use the support triangles to ensure that your baby doesn't accidentally roll on its stomach. Also, laying them on their left side also aides in digestion.

    Hope this helps!

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    Default Re: Dark Red Spots on Nipples

    How do you both feel about co-sleeping ? I have 4 children,and did it with all of them . Abby my youngest, even slept with me at the hospital. That way we get sleep, she doesnt have to sit up either. Well that's if she can get a proper latch while laying down. it is a little harder in the early weeks to co-sleep- just because the baby doesnt have much of any muscle in their neck..so with mine i had to hold their head and my breast. but to me its just easier
    any more questions please ask ! We're all here for you ! Good luck

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    Thanks for all of your support. This is amazing!

    We tried some of the things that you gave us.....my wife is going out of her mind....she DREADS breastfeeding. Cori is really fussy at the breast. She pulls and has a tough time sleeping at night on her back. It's hard for me to watch bc there's not much, other than helping with the latch, that I can do.

    I commend everyone on this site.....it's been a Godsend to ask questions and get feedback. We want to do what's right for our baby.

    Neil

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