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    Default one-sided nipple pain

    My daughter is 17 days old. I have been having pain on the left nipple only. It is very intense when she first latches on, then subsides as I nurse. However, I also feel a sharp nipple pain when I get "the chills" or sometimes at other random times. Direct shower spray is also uncomfortable. But just on the left side. There are no obvious cracks or bruises. It does not matter if I hold her in a football, crossover, cuddle, or side-by-side position.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

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    Default Re: one-sided nipple pain

    I had the same thing with my first - so not fun. But it did go away when he was around a month old or so . . .
    I never figured out what was causing it, though.
    Katherine
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    G 3/21/08 - we had a wonderful homebirth!!! - still nursing

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    Default Re: one-sided nipple pain

    Could it be vasospasm?

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    Default Re: one-sided nipple pain

    Quote Originally Posted by Momma1 View Post
    Could it be vasospasm?
    That's what I was thinking too. Make sure that you have a good latch on that side. I tended to get a little lazy with my dominant side when DD was a newborn. GL.

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    Default Re: one-sided nipple pain

    I read the site for vasospasm, and recognized something about blanching--the nipple is definitely "flattened" when released. (It's difficult to get her to open up wide.) I'll work on that and see if it helps. I can't figure out why it's only one side, but I guess I won't complain...

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: one-sided nipple pain

    one side could just be flater then the other.
    My dd had one side she liked beter thats for sure!
    You can do it....
    just watch her latch and keep working with her, shes young yet!
    andrea

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    vasospasm!!

    i'm so glad to find an answer to my burning question (ha, ha) on my first visit.

    ibuprofin, eh? i am using that for back pain so perhaps i'll time my nursing on that side to when the back pain is at its least.

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    Default Re: one-sided nipple pain

    I have the same problem too. My LO nurses fine on one side, but I get pain on the other (and have the blanching and flattening of the nipple). I have to work really hard on her latch on that side (she can latch pretty much unaided on the other side) - I make sure my nipple is pointing towards the roof of her mouth, and have my nipple in line with her nose as she goes to latch, so her chin hits my breast first. That seems to help.

    No idea why it affects only one side - I think it maybe the way that I am holding her, as I am more comfortable holding her on the other side.

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