• N
  • 13 days 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
  • 4 hours ago

A nipple shield was a life saver for me! I used them for 18 months! They are cheap at Walmart.

  • M
  • Paducah, USA
  • 5 hours ago

I agree with the breast milk tip! It is a very soothing miracle worker. If you don't have pumped milk, Earth Mama had the best nipple balm I have seen. It's a tiny hat, but a little goes a long way. My hat isn't even a fourth gone. It's baby safe, and can even be a soothing lip balm for your baby. If you have larger breasts this might be hard, but look into hand expression techniques. If you prepare your breasts a little before latching, it would reduce frustration at the breast, which sometimes is a part of the pain felt there. It's hard without really knowing your little one, but if you think impatience for a let down might be a factor, it's worth a try.

  • H
  • McVille, USA
  • a day ago

Hi. I had the same trouble with all three of my boys. I used a nipple shield(got it at Target). I just used it until the pain/cracked soreness went away. None of my boys had any trouble transitioning to feeding without it. Also, using Lansinoh Soothies gel pads between feedings was AMAZING!

  • C
  • Round Rock, United States
  • a day ago

Express some milk and rub it into your nipple. Then coat with lanolin. My cracks went away in about a week and a half. They were pretty bad too. My girl was latching correctly but I wasn't producing very much so she was working hard to get anything. My milk didn't even come in until day 4. I started pumping as well as nursing her which helped my milk production and then since she didn't have to work as hard she wasn't destroying my nipples.

  • L
  • Smyrna, United States
  • a day ago

I think it took 2 weeks for my nipple cracking and bleeding to stop.

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