Crack that nip!
May 6, 2007 11:07 AM Subscribe
[BreastfeedingFilter] My partner and I just had a baby boy. So far, breastfeeding is going pretty darned well, except...
posted by al_fresco to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
He seems to be latching pretty well, if maybe a little close to the tip (he has a small mouth). One nipple is holding up famously, but the other has a bit of road rash–there's an abrasion, kind of, right across the tip of the nipple from left to right, that scabs over a bit and is very sore. We're reading all of the books, and are finding lots of advice about prevention of this situation, but precious little about what to do now.
We tend to agree that creams and ointments are most likely not helpful. She tried lanolin for the first couple of days, but has let that go and just spreads breastmilk on the poor, sore nipple. We (she) would be grateful for any advice about how to speed healing. Did you pump on the hurt side? Express by hand? Nurse for shorter periods? How did you keep the flow even on both sides? Compresses? Hot, cold?
Thanks from our whole little family!