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    i just had my baby last Thursday and by Saturday my nipples were bleeding. I had a lactation specialist see me that and watch my latch and found at that point he was latching ok but I am still having issues with the pain. My nipples are still cracked and now scabbing. I want to know what I can do for the pain and to help them heal. I have gotten to the point where on one side I have to pump because it is too painful to feed. That same side is swollen and too big for his mouth. Is there anything to be done. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*higgikar View Post
    i just had my baby last Thursday and by Saturday my nipples were bleeding. I had a lactation specialist see me that and watch my latch and found at that point he was latching ok but I am still having issues with the pain. My nipples are still cracked and now scabbing. I want to know what I can do for the pain and to help them heal. I have gotten to the point where on one side I have to pump because it is too painful to feed. That same side is swollen and too big for his mouth. Is there anything to be done. Thanks
    Hi momma, I feel for you, those first weeks breast feeding are not easy at all. Is this your first baby? I went through tons of pain, but I promise you, it does go away and actually does feel good. I found a wonderful product called Mother Mates sold maybe by Medela? Not sure, but anyways they are a gel pad that you can put in the fridge and then pop in your bra after you are done feeding - feels amazing. They help with healing also.

    Do you use Lanolin on your nipples? That also is really helpful - you should use after every feed in the beginning and it isn't harmful to babies in the least. You can also leave your nipples to dry in the air - don't cover them up with your bra right away. Leaving some breast milk on them too will allow the anti-bacterial goodness of the milk to help your nipples heal.

    The best piece of advice I ever got was, aim to make it to 6 weeks, and by then your sore nipples should be much more used to nursing and have toughened up. Breastfeeding is one of the most amazing things you can do for your baby and yourself - such wonderful bonding time. Hang in there, I promise it gets better with time!
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    Those first few weeks are rough. It does get better!
    If your nipples are scabbing and bleeding try rinsing them with luke warm water and baking soda after feeding, applying Lanolin ointment and then letting them air dry to avoid getting thrush.
    What really helped me, since I had flat nipples, was using nipple shells (not shields) just to let them heal and not get irritated by my clothes. And applying those nipple gel soothers by Medela that you place in the fridge to cool between feedings (and of course washing them after each application).
    You could also try switching bfing positions. I found that the football hold didn't hurt nearly as much when my nipples were really sore.
    Hope you feel better mama. Hang in there.
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    I'm sorry you're in so much pain. The PP are what I would recommend as well. I also had severely cracked nipples so I know how painful it is. Luckily, I had a friend who reassured me that it did stop hurting and did become a very positive experience. It made me feel better to have someone validate my pain and tell me that it does pass. 6 weeks seemed like an eternity, but once the 3rd week rolled around I was starting to heal. Hang in there, it will get a million times better! Just be sure that your LO is latching on correctly. If the latch is good, the pain shouldn't last the whole time you're feeding.
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    Some questions for you:
    - When your baby unlatches, what shape are your nipples? Are they elongated and symmetrical, like pencil erasers, or elongated and asymmetrical, new lipsticks?
    - Where are the cracks? Do you have just 1 major crack per nipple, or do you have several cracks, perhaps radiating around the nipple?
    - Appearance of skin: any redness, pinkness, shininess, white patches, or flaking? Do nipples ever turn white after feeding, or perhaps white, then purple, then red?
    - When do you have the most pain- when the baby first latches on, throughout the feeding, or at the end of the feeding?
    - Does the pain persist in between feedings?
    - How would you describe the pain- is it a stabbing or pinching pain, or more of a burning?
    - Did you happen to have a recent course of antibiotics, or perhaps a yeast infection? (Trust me, it's relevant!)
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    I have a question. I noticed on my right nipple I have 2 dark red dots. They don't scrape off so I'm to assume they're scabs? I've had latching problems on this breast too but I seem to be improving cuz now instead of a good 30second agony it's 15 second winge
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sailoryue View Post
    I have a question. I noticed on my right nipple I have 2 dark red dots. They don't scrape off so I'm to assume they're scabs? I've had latching problems on this breast too but I seem to be improving cuz now instead of a good 30second agony it's 15 second winge
    They could also be blood blisters or friction blisters. Very common in the first few weeks. Keep slathering them with lansinoh and take as much care as possible to get your baby to latch well, and they should eventually slough off.
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