Re: Cracked Nipple - Help Please
I am curious to see what the response is from others. I have the same problem, although the crack doesn't hurt now . It doesn't look to bad before a feeding, but by the end of a feeding it's opened wide again and pink.
Have you tried APNO? I have been using that, and I think it has kind of healed the skin in the crack but not closed it (if that makes sense). The only reason I say that is because it hardly hurts now.
they also say rubbing some milk into it then air drying is good- but I think that is just an antibacterial thing, it doesn't really heal it.
they also say to nurse on the other side first- not extremely practical, and if you have to do it for a long time, it could play with your supply.
One LC told me that I could hand express on that side and give bottles with that expressed milk for 48-72 hours (or until completely healed) and nurse normally on the other side. If you've already introduced a bottle and your LO takes to it, you could try that. I didn't start with bottles yet, so I've been hesitant to do so.