• N
  • 7 months ago

Breastfeeding help!

Hi ladies! This is my first time on here so not sure how it works, but I’m looking for some advice! I’m breastfeeding my newborn daughter (6 days old) and it is incredibly painful! Cracked and all 😣 I breastfed my son, but he couldn’t nurse until 2 weeks old due to a surgery, so I pumped first. Breastfeeding was not painful with him and we did it for a year. The Lactation Consultant said she is latching correctly. I was using coconut oil to help but picked up lanolin today. Any other advice to help heal and be in less pain? How long does the cracking usually last? Thank you!!
  • S
  • Hartsdale, United States
  • 11 hours ago

Nipple shields - but they don’t recommend using them long term. Also, use your breast milk and coat the nipples when you’re done and let it air dry. I also used a saline solution that the nurses at the hospital gave me. Good luck!

  • C
  • ID, US
  • 8 days ago

I had the same problem. Go to a pediatric dentist to be evaluated for ties. Some IBCLCs will miss posterior tongue ties or buccal ties

  • E
  • NIR, GB
  • a month ago

Get baby checked for tongue tie. My lb didn’t look like he had one but he did in the end and having it snipped made all the difference. I had pain with my first born too but it was to do with latching incorrectly. Also ask about possible thrush on nipple: babies mouth? Lansing makes lots of difference but remember you only need the tiniest amount as otherwise baby will find it harder to latch on as it’s quite greasy.

  • M
  • IN, US
  • a month ago

Nipple shields are good for helping heal. My daughter was latching in correctly but she would sometimes pinch my nipple with her tongue. So that cause some cracking and scabbing. Honestly my nipples got tough. I allowed her to continue to feed. But I did use the lanolin nipple cream. That was a gift from the angel! I swear. But she eventually quit wanting to attach so now I strictly pump. Good luck.

  • C
  • Oakland, United States
  • a month ago

Also medela softshells for sore nipples. Wear these between feedings. These saved my life and sanity!!! I also soaked in epsom salt using the hakaa pump with warm water.

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