Hello - what did you find to be the best care for healing sore, cracked and bleeding nipples? For the past few days, I've been expressing some breastmilk to rub on after feedings and letting dry for a minute then applying Lansinoh and covering with a nursing pad. The first few days I was using a soothie gel pad instead of Lansinoh but didnt' like them.
Some background - my LO is 7 days old. She has a very strong suck and I don't think I was getting a good latch in the hospital, so we have been working to improve it. Two days ago my nipples were at their worse and bleeding. I've talked to a home nurse, daughter's pedi and a LLL leader via email (waiting to talk via phone).
While my nipples seem to be improving a bit, they still aren't healing completly. I know a bad latch will hurt them and we are working on it - it's gotten MUCH better and I have a lot less pain. I'm just wondering if there is something else I can be doing to heal.
Would pumping make sore nipples worse? I've been pumping if LO doesn't nurse on both sides or to help with engorgement.
I'd love to hear how you guys healed or any other tips/tricks!