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My nipples :((( .t a y l o r. 3 kids; Indiana 3847 posts
20th Jan '13

They literally feel like someone has been rubbing barbed wire on them. My right one is already red, cracked and scabbed. The LC says Gabe has a great latch and my technique is just fine. It just hurts because he has to suck harder to get the colostrum out :(
Someone, anyone. Send me some words of encouragement.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
20th Jan '13

It gets easier!! Try expressing some milk onto your nips and letting it air dry. n****e butter or cream works wonders. And a cold compress on them helps too.

L&C's MoMMy 2 kids; Michigan 367 posts
20th Jan '13

Just keep at it!! It's sucks the first couple days. I remember exactly how that feels. Just try not to let them get to dry

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46875 posts
20th Jan '13

When that happed i covered them in lanolin and slapped on a nursing shield til they got better. It took a lot, if not all of the pain away when he nursed. It cleared up in about a week and never recurred. When it cleared i tossed the shields. Use the gel oads in between, too. Stick them in the fridge, they feel amazing!!!

Shayztar 3 kids; Ontario 16 posts
20th Jan '13

It will get better. I used the Lansinol cream. It's very thick and protective and safe for baby. When my nipples were *shudder* bleeding, I used a teensy-weensy bit of Polysporin and wiped it off before baby's next feed. Once the worst of it was over, I totally expressed milk on them and let it dry. It actually feels really nice! Don't give up! It's TOTALLY normal. It will get better, and faster than you know!



Adding this bit of grossness for you so you know it's okay too....
My baby ended up drinking a little bit of my blood from the cracking. It even came out in his poop. DON'T FREAK OUT! I did, and the doctor was very nice, but basically told me everything was A-OK.

.t a y l o r. 3 kids; Indiana 3847 posts
20th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" When that happed i covered them in lanolin and slapped on a nursing shield til they got better. It took ... [snip!] ... When it cleared i tossed the shields. Use the gel oads in between, too. Stick them in the fridge, they feel amazing!!!"</blockquote>




Do I just ask my nurse if they have nursing shields? Or can I buy them at the store? We get discharged in the morning, so I'd like to try those before and after we leave.

loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
20th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting T + T = A S G ♥:</b>" They literally feel like someone has been rubbing barbed wire on them. My right one is already red, cracked ... [snip!] ... It just hurts because he has to suck harder to get the colostrum out :( Someone, anyone. Send me some words of encouragement."</blockquote>




yeah...sucks so much! I know this exact feeling. my LO is a month old this week and the first 2 weeks were hell! I was so scared to feed her.



Whenever I got out of the shower and when LO was done eating, I rubbed a bit if breastmilk in each n****e and let them dry completely. After feedings, I applied n****e cream religiously.



The side that's damaged, keep him off it for a day or two until it can heal a bit and in the meantime, express or pump milk out to help when it becomes engorged. I had to keep LO off of my left one week and then my right the next week because she drew blood on both :/



Freeze a breastpad soaked in water and use it in your n****e right before you breastfeed to numb it a bit so the initial latch isn't as bad.



It does get better! And when it does, you'll feel very accomplished! Don't give up!

.t a y l o r. 3 kids; Indiana 3847 posts
20th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Bubba Monster's Mommy:</b>" It gets easier!! Try expressing some milk onto your nips and letting it air dry. n****e butter or cream works wonders. And a cold compress on them helps too."</blockquote>




Everyone keeps telling me to express! I wish I could, lol! I've tried pumping twice and got nothing. Not working with hand expressing either. It's all still colostrum so I guess it's harder to get out.

.t a y l o r. 3 kids; Indiana 3847 posts
20th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting waiting on little luna!:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting T + T = A S G ♥:</b>" They literally feel like someone ... [snip!] ... a bit so the initial latch isn't as bad. It does get better! And when it does, you'll feel very accomplished! Don't give up!"</blockquote>




That's a lot of awesome advice, thank you!

Shayztar 3 kids; Ontario 16 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting T + T = A S G ♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" When that happed i covered them in lanolin ... [snip!] ... shields? Or can I buy them at the store? We get discharged in the morning, so I'd like to try those before and after we leave."


One word of caution re: shields. I found that it messed with the latch a little bit and didn't teach my bewbs anything. They only felt good for a short while. But hey, anything helps when you're getting desperate! I bought them at Babies R Us.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46875 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting T + T = A S G ♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" When that happed i covered them in lanolin ... [snip!] ... shields? Or can I buy them at the store? We get discharged in the morning, so I'd like to try those before and after we leave."


My hospital had them but if they dont you cn buy them, too.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
20th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting T + T = A S G ♥:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Bubba Monster's Mommy:</b>" It gets easier!! Try expressing ... [snip!] ... twice and got nothing. Not working with hand expressing either. It's all still colostrum so I guess it's harder to get out."</blockquote>



You don't need a lot. Just squeeze your n****e until a couple drops come out and then rub it in and let it dry. It helps a ton. And your nurse can give you a n****e shield, just ask for one.