Sore nipples

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  1. Blueclass

    Blueclass Well-Known Member

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    Hi just wanted to know if anyone had any ideas to help ease the pain my nipples are going through? Iv been using some cream and my own milk but there in agony and I don't want to give up. Little one is on formula aswell ad she is jaundice so has that as a top up but I'd like to continue bf for now.
     
  2. Princess81

    Princess81 Well-Known Member

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    Any problems with your latch that you know of?
    Maybe try a cold compress with some aromatherapy?
    Nipples do take a little while to adjust to their new role in life, stick it out because it's so worth it in the end! X
     
  3. Blueclass

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    Thanks I am going to a clinic tomorrow so I will get them to check the latch. I think there has to be a issue as when she is finished my nipple looks like a lip stick. When you say aromatherapy what do you suggest? Sorry I'm not good with things like that.
     
  4. Brooksy

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    I had allllll sorts of issues bf as littleun had tongue tie, and quite often I had lipstick nipple. They got so bad and painful I had to stop (even midwife was surprised I managed to last as long as I did), basically I was doing everything right but her tongue tie was stopping her from taking in enough boob. We got it snipped but she still didn't and still doesn't p, stick her tongue out even though we are still trying to get her to through imitation. Anyway, the midwife I saw recommended a small amount of carrot in your bra, the vit e helps to heal them. Not sure if you are using lansinoh lanolin cream or not but this is also good to help alongside air drying them as much as possible. I walked around for 2 weeks with my boobs out all the time pretty much lol X
     
  5. Alrm198

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    I've heard coconut oil is supposed to be really good as a natural alternative to Lanolin cream because it can help to prevent sore nipples and any potential nipple thrush being passed between you and baby. I think you can buy it from most supermarkets in wholefood section.
     
  6. purpleslurple

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    I found putting Lansinoh on then covering my nipple with cling film helped to stop it rubbing off on my bra/pad. Just remember to remove it before trying to feed!

    Definitely get support with your latch - my 2nd baby is 2 weeks old and I struggled initially with nipple pain on the right whilst feeding painlessly on the left. Whilst my latch was good, the support worker said my son was a 'spaghetti sucker' and gave me some suggestions I would not have known about. Keep on going - once you've cracked it it's amazing! Good luck x
     
  7. flexilexi394

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    It has been a while since I breastfed, but I always had Lansinoh cream on before every feed, and I used those weird nipple shields that were like cups to keep the air on them, I got them from mothercare and they had like a rubber seal, and were like a big shallow cup that go over your boob instead of pads because they made me sore. I am definitely going to get some more for this time around.

    Also if you are going to the clinic you should probably get latch checked too just in case, but I found my nipples healed really fast when I had those weird cup things on them, and smothered in Lansinoh!

    Good luck, you'll get through it. I think it really toughens up your nips once they have been sore and then they kind of settle down xx
     
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    Go on the mothercare website -http://www.mothercare.com/Philips-Avent-Comfort-Breast-Shell-Set---2-Pack/494359,default,pd.html

    That is the link to the breast shells that I am going on about, also maybe nipple shields until your nipples fully heal xxx
     
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    Breast shells are good, nipple shields less so because they cause the baby to suckle "wrong" and reduce nipple stimulation so if there are any underlying issues with positioning/latch etc they will make that worse.

    Hope you got on OK today at the clinic.
     
  11. Blueclass

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    Thanks everyone, I was just going to ask about nipple shields as I was brought some after a friend recommend them. The lady today said she is a good sicker and keen but it's the latch. Iv tried all the suggestions she said and even when she said it looked good it still hurt so I don't know what il do. Il keep going for as long as I can and keep trying to get it right. X
     
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    Did you go to a BFing group or just the HV clinic?

    I'd suggest seeing a trained peer supporter or lactation consultant as they'll be better able to advise you how to improve the latch.

    Main thing is make sure her tummy is to you, neck, head & spine in a straight line, not with her head turned, put the nipple to her nose and when she opens wide bring her to the breast so she gets a good wide mouthful lol.
    Good luck!
     
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  13. Blueclass

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    I went to a breastfeeding clinic which is ran by mw I think. I have contacted a latch consultant so hoping I hear back from her today. I thought my nipples hurt yesterday but today is so so much worse. I could cry whilst feeding.
     
  14. Alrm198

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    That doesn't sound good - breastfeeding should be painless I've heard. How are your boobs in general? Hopefully they're not swollen?
     
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    Nope not swollen just hurt when she feeds xx
     
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    Breastfeeding was very frequent and painful for me and it turned out my son had a posterior tongue tie..... have a specialist b/f consultant check (they should be feeling inside baby'e mouth to do this - you can't see most posterior ties by sight) It really shouldn't be agonisingly painful to feed and the nipple looking like a lipstick is definitely an indicator there is a problem.

    I paid for a private consultant who also was able to cut the tie and improve things for us (I fed for almost 3 years in the end!)
     
  17. Blueclass

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    Almost 3 years that's impressive! The right nipple is not so bad now not to sure what we are doing differently to the left one but that one is painful. Even the shower has become a dreaded task as it really hurts when the water hits them. I got a cuddle from someone today and that hurt. I got hv coming tomorrow so will ask her to look at what we are doing. Also need to check if she is putting on weight as she wasn't really before. I'm already expressing, giving her boob and formula and still she not putting weight on. Also it's so tiring she has it every 3 hrs well formula and breast in between when ever she wants so I don't really get a break. I'm really debating if I should just formula feed her.
     
  18. ruby2015

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    This thread's a few days old so hopefully that means you're feeling better! I really feel your pain- I went through the same thing- worked really hard at getting the latch right and my nipples eventually settled down but it was v hard for a while. One thing that really helped between feeds was not using disposable breast pads- using washable bamboo ones really helped as they were much softer and didn't rub. https://m.johnlewis.com/mama-design...bba95c5&s_kwcid=404x611029&tmad=c&tmcampid=73
     

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