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    Unhappy Cracked nipples

    How do you make cracked nipples feel better? and how do you get rid of them? It hurts when my son latches on!

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    Default Re: Cracked nipples

    I am actually going through this again with my LO, I just wasnt paying attention to his latch
    I found this site helpfull:

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

    Good Luck!!

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    Default Re: Cracked nipples

    Sorry to hear you're having some pain. As the previous poster said, the main thing is to figure out why they're cracking in the first place since it shouldn't hurt if the baby is latched on properly. Here's some more information about getting a good latch: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/positioning.html

    In the meantime, letting the nipples air dry, avoiding any chafing such as clothing, and possibly applying a lanolin ointment such as Lansinoh helps many moms. This FAQ about healing sore nipples may help: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/heal.html

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Cracked nipples

    Along with fixing my latch, I was also advised to express some colostrum/breastmilk on my nipples every hour and/or after a feeding and then exposing my nipples to the air as long as possible. After the breastmilk dried, I applied lanolin on top. I kept my shirt off as much as possible to expose my nipples to the air. As the PPs said, it's important to make sure your latch is correct to avoid prolonged problems.

    Well silly me - the link given above offers all of this advice. I hope you feel better and please know that it WILL get better!
    Last edited by mommylaura; October 25th, 2006 at 12:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Cracked nipples

    As the other member mentioned (I forget who), lanolin ointment might help. It worked for me. But mine were not too cracked to begin with but I think it would've been more cracked if I didn't start using it. I've been using it since day 1 of BF.
    By the way, I'm a new user so I'm still finding my way through this forum.

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    Default Re: Cracked nipples

    In the beginning of both of my kids lives there are very few pictures of us together. My husband says it is because I was never wearing a shirt. Air drying really helped me. I hope you feel better soon!

    Mama to DD Mariah 04/03 2lbs 8oz BF 2yrs 1 day!
    DS Ryan 07/06 4lbs 15 oz No solids until 18 mo's!
    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Gandhi

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