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    Default Engorgement and sore nipples...

    I don't remember it being this hard the first time around. She's lazy and doesn't want to latch on deeply. My milk came in last night and I'm SOOO engorged.

    I'm taking ibuprofen and I tried some reverse pressure. You know those ice packs they put in the "free diaper bags"?? Well...I'm sitting here on the couch with them right now stuffed in my bra Not quite the use the formula company had intended it for...but I think its a smarter choice

    Also, my right nipple is scabbed and blistered. I've been using the lanolin and making sure that she it latched on really deeply. She hasn't had any bottles and we stopped giving her the pacifier (she didn't like it anyways). Any other suggestions? (She isn't tongue tied, BTW)

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    Default Re: Engorgement and sore nipples...

    i have a really hard time getting a good latch on my right breast, especially while engorged. i alway put a warm compress, like a gel pad or rice sock, against my breast for 10 minutes or so before a feeding and it really helps soften it enough to allow for a good latching. then afterwards i use a bag of frozen peas. hth
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    Default Re: Engorgement and sore nipples...

    Are you getting her to open really, really wide when she latches on? Making sure her tongue is out? Her jaw is thrust?

    RPS really worked for me, and time. It will get better. At least you know that!

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    The My Brest Friend pillow helped us SO much with latching.
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    Default Re: Engorgement and sore nipples...

    I used RPS every time when I was engorged (which lasted about the first week) and it helped tremendously. I would use the "flower petal" method (where you gather all of your fingers on one hand in a circle) and hold it on my areola for about a full minute before latching her. I knew they were ready when watery liquid dripped from my nipple, my areola had a "caved in" appearance versus taught, and my nipples were sticking out further.

    Also, don't be afraid to hold her head firmly when she's latching and nursing. After doing the RPS, I'd hold my breast in one hand and her head in the other, make sure I had my Boppy and at least one more pillow for support, and as soon as she opened wide I would pull her mouth as deeply onto my nipple/areola as I could and keep it that way during the feeding. I found cross cradle and football hold to be most effective positions during the nb stage.

    As for the nipple damage (), when I had scabbing etc. with my older two (avoided it this time, thank God), I would rub a little breastmilk into the damaged nipple after every feeding, then let it air-dry for a few minutes before applying Lansinoh. I slept topless (with a towel under me!) and let my nipples breathe as much as possible.

    HTH!!!
    Last edited by @llli*mollyb; July 31st, 2008 at 10:05 AM. Reason: "my nipples" not "me nipples" and RPS not RVS lol

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    Default Re: Engorgement and sore nipples...

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mollyb View Post
    Also, don't be afraid to hold her head firmly when she's latching and nursing. After doing the RVS, I'd hold my breast in one hand and her head in the other, make sure I had my Boppy and at least one more pillow for support, and as soon as she opened wide I would pull her mouth as deeply onto my nipple/areola as I could and keep it that way during the feeding. I found cross cradle and football hold to be most effective positions during the nb stage.
    The above mentioned pillow helped me a lot with this. I could not do it with my boppy.
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    Default Re: Engorgement and sore nipples...

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mollyb View Post

    As for the nipple damage (), when I had scabbing etc. with my older two (avoided it this time, thank God), I would rub a little breastmilk into the damaged nipple after every feeding, then let it air-dry for a few minutes before applying Lansinoh. I slept topless (with a towel under me!) and let me nipples breathe as much as possible.
    I did the same thing with the breastmilk. It worked much better than the lansinoh for me.
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    Default Re: Engorgement and sore nipples...

    It sounds as if you have gotten all the best advice already! I just wanted to send some newborn breastfeeding good vibes your way! Your baby girl is beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*green.momma View Post
    It sounds as if you have gotten all the best advice already! I just wanted to send some newborn breastfeeding good vibes your way! Your baby girl is beautiful.
    Thanks so much. Today has been better. I did pump just a tiny bit with a hand pump to help relieve some of the pressure. I feel much better. I also used some ice packs in between feedings. Right now she isn't "demanding" to eat very often. I have been waking her every 3 hours to feed her. So because I know its coming...I can prepare ahead of time without having her screaming, fussing and rooting and I'm still trying to get my boobs ready!

    She gave me a NICE 4.5 hr stretch last night. I probably should have set an alarm and fed her sooner...but I was too tired and fell asleep before setting it. I needed the sleep. She woke up and ate really really well.

    We're gettin' there!
    All over the world there exists in every society a small group of women who feel themselves strongly attracted to giving care to other women during pregnancy and childbirth. Failure to make use of this group of highly motivated people is regrettable and a sin against the principle of subsidiary. ~ Dr. Kloosterman, Chief of OB/GYN, Univ. of Amsterdam, Holland


    **Leslie**

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    Shiloh (5/6/06) Nursed for 13 months and Josephine (7/26/08) Nursed for 23.5 mos Currently nursing my new little firecracker, Finley Catherine, born on the 4th of July!!

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