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    Default Cracked and bleeding nipple

    The other night while DD was nursing she fell asleep so I slipped my finger in to unlatch her...well she was having no part of that and started to suck furiously! Problem was, my nipple was already half way out. Now here we are three days later and my nipple is cracked and has bloody spots on it. It's been so sore since the incident and it kills me when she first latches on or when I start up the pump. I've been religiously using my Lansinoh lanolin on it and making sure my pads are dry all the time. Does anyone have any other suggestions to help ease this discomfort while I'm waiting for my poor nip to heal? I don't even remember either of them hurting this bad in the begining when we were first learning to BF.
    Carie

    Wife to Jimmy 8/14/09

    Mommy to Abigail Elizabeth born 8/12/08
    Birth weight: 9lbs 1oz 20"
    2 months: 12lbs 10oz 23 1/2"
    4 months: 16lbs 6oz 26"
    6 months: 19lbs 14oz 27 1/2"
    9 months: 23lbs 3oz 30 1/2"
    12 months: 26lbs 13oz 36"

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    Default Re: Cracked and bleeding nipple

    Ouch! My older DD accidentally bit me a month or so ago and I was bloody and sore for a few days afterward.
    Can you air out the wound at all? Maybe sleep topless for a few nights?

    Molly

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    Default Re: Cracked and bleeding nipple

    My LC suggested using a pea-sized amount of 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bacitracin ointment (apply with a clean finger, obviously). The hydrocortisone combats inflammation and pain and the Bacitracin fights bacteria. My LC said it did not have to be washed off after nursing.

    You could also try immersing the wound in a shot glass full of warm water for about 30-60 seconds before latching the baby on, or hydrating with a really wet washcloth. That will really soften the scab and reduce pain, because pain is greatest when a tough, dry scab tears.

    Sorry you got bit!
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    I will try these things tonight when I get home. Thanks ladies.
    Carie

    Wife to Jimmy 8/14/09

    Mommy to Abigail Elizabeth born 8/12/08
    Birth weight: 9lbs 1oz 20"
    2 months: 12lbs 10oz 23 1/2"
    4 months: 16lbs 6oz 26"
    6 months: 19lbs 14oz 27 1/2"
    9 months: 23lbs 3oz 30 1/2"
    12 months: 26lbs 13oz 36"

    We made it to a year and we're still going strong

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    OK so here we are a few days later. I've been sleeping w/ my shirt off. The "girls" are pretty big so walking around w/ no shirt is a little awkward, so I've stuck to just sleeping w/ out. This morning it was looking much better. The redness has mostly gone away and it didn't even hurt much nursing Abby during the night. Then I pumped here at work! OMG it hurt so bad and now my nipple lookes like a great big hickey. I turned the suction way down and don't know what else to do. I'm scared that if I don't pump while I'm here at work my production will go way down. I already feel like I can barely keep up w/ DD's demand. This sucks!

    Any suggestions?
    Carie

    Wife to Jimmy 8/14/09

    Mommy to Abigail Elizabeth born 8/12/08
    Birth weight: 9lbs 1oz 20"
    2 months: 12lbs 10oz 23 1/2"
    4 months: 16lbs 6oz 26"
    6 months: 19lbs 14oz 27 1/2"
    9 months: 23lbs 3oz 30 1/2"
    12 months: 26lbs 13oz 36"

    We made it to a year and we're still going strong

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    Default Re: Cracked and bleeding nipple

    ouch maybe something here:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...lehealing.html



    did you notice any puss or signs of infection?
    bites can take a while to heal!

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    Maybe moist heat? A hot, wet washcloth might get things flowing again...

    Sounds like you did the right thing to turn down the suction. Your supply may take a hit, but once you heal you can go back to pumping like mad and bring it back up.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

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    Default Re: Cracked and bleeding nipple

    No puss or infection. Just really bruised nipple skin. I printed out the kellymom article to take home so I can make the saline to try. Also, ice right before feeding seems like a good idea. I'll keep y'all posted. Thanks ladies
    Carie

    Wife to Jimmy 8/14/09

    Mommy to Abigail Elizabeth born 8/12/08
    Birth weight: 9lbs 1oz 20"
    2 months: 12lbs 10oz 23 1/2"
    4 months: 16lbs 6oz 26"
    6 months: 19lbs 14oz 27 1/2"
    9 months: 23lbs 3oz 30 1/2"
    12 months: 26lbs 13oz 36"

    We made it to a year and we're still going strong

    Working &

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    I'm ready to wean! This is so hard. My nipple isn't getting any better and now the right side is just as bad. They're hurting all the time now not just when I nurse or pump.
    I even got some Nutramigen the other day to try with DD. She took one taste, gagged and then started shaking her head no, no, no when I offered it again. I even tried mixing 50/50 BM/Formula and she still wanted no part. I asked DH to get some soy formula to try today. DD has a cow's milk protein allergy so regular formula is out of the question and that hypo-allergenic stuff tastes like crap!
    I don't know what else to do. I don't want to wean but I'm in so much pain and I've tried all tricks of the trade on getting my nipples to heal but they're just getting worse
    Carie

    Wife to Jimmy 8/14/09

    Mommy to Abigail Elizabeth born 8/12/08
    Birth weight: 9lbs 1oz 20"
    2 months: 12lbs 10oz 23 1/2"
    4 months: 16lbs 6oz 26"
    6 months: 19lbs 14oz 27 1/2"
    9 months: 23lbs 3oz 30 1/2"
    12 months: 26lbs 13oz 36"

    We made it to a year and we're still going strong

    Working &

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    Default Re: Cracked and bleeding nipple

    have you talked with your doctor it sounds like you might need antibotics...

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