I was nursing my son a little bit ago on my right side. It hurt right when he latched on, but I had him relatch and then everything was fine. He continued to nurse for about seven or eight minutes. Then he got done with my right side and I was switching him to my left side and I noticed that blood was coming out of my nipple. OUCH!!! I checked in his mouth and didn't notice anything, so I continued to let him nurse on my left side. After he was done, he spit up and it had blood in it. He then continued to spit up several more times after that and there was blood in that too. I have a call into the pediatrician's after hours line, but I know that I will get a lot of great advice on here too. My main concerns are:
1.) Is the blood that he ingested harmful to him?
2.) Why did he spit up so much right after he got done eating? Is that his body's way of getting rid of the blood or was it just a coincidence?
3.) Should I only let him nurse on the left side until the right side heals?
4.) How can I get the right side to heal quickly? I put some lanolin on my nipple right after it happened, but is there anything else that I should do?
5.) Until the right side heals, should I continue to pump on that side to maintain my supply or should I just leave it alone so it can heal without being messed with?
Sorry for all of the questions...I am just super freaked out and in pain right now!