So our little angel is now 4 months has just finished a growth spurt. Her feeding frenzy resulted in first sore and now a cracked nipple. I figured out that she was getting lazy with the latch and have been working on trying to correct it and try different positions. Although it's getting better, there is a lot of pain when I nurse on that side and I cringe when I think about it. Actually, I can feel quite a bit of pain just from letdown between nursing sessions. Has anyone ever experienced this and how have you coped while you were healing?

Another issue is now that she's getting older and more coordinated she has a tendency to pull at the end of a nursing session instead of opening her mouth. I'm not sure how to correct this.

asked 08 Apr '11, 13:35

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edited 08 Apr '11, 16:25

Breastmilk is fab, as Dianna says. Some people find pure lanolin helpful for healing cracked nipples, as always, Kellymom has a good list for healing cracked nipples. If she's pulling at you at the end of the nursing session you could try hugging her into you if she does this, if you press her nose in to your breast it will block her airway and she'll have to open her mouth to breathe (obviously don't suffocate the girl). You might find you only have to do it a few times before she realises that it's not a good plan. You could say "No" or "Ow" loudly at the same time, it might help her to learn what that word means.


answered 10 Apr '11, 15:01

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Great suggestion to help with the tugging, thanks Meg! That link was the most helpful thing I have read. Thank you!

(10 Apr '11, 22:26) Tammy ♦♦

It'd be great to know how you're getting on Tammy, is it getting any better?

(11 Apr '11, 13:51) Meg Stephenson

Before I read this I was worried that I wasn't making any progress because I seemed to reinjure myself every time I fed her. However, using some the of the strategies from , I believe it is starting to get better.

(11 Apr '11, 14:43) Tammy ♦♦

This happened to me in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. The best solution I found was to rub a few drops of expressed milk over my nipples at the end of a nursing session and let dry for a minute before buttoning back up. From what I've read, breastmilk has natural antibodies to help speed the healing.


answered 08 Apr '11, 14:55

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That sounds great but at this stage there's often no breastmilk available to use after I feed her.

(09 Apr '11, 12:29) Tammy ♦♦

I don't remember where I read this, but when you mentioned the end of the nursing session, it reminded me that that lazy sucking at the end of a nursing session can cause more pain than the vigorous sucking at the beginning, so you might try interrupting her before she gets to that point. I often have to break the latch and start over a few times with my month-old (granted he's a fair bit younger, so we have different problems) because he slips off the nipple a little bit.

When they're so desperate to eat it's so hard to be patient and wait for their mouths to be open really wide! You have to be extra vigilant and pay attention to your own pain so you can re-latch as soon as you need to -- but I bet you've figured this out by now.


answered 10 Apr '11, 15:59

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Great suggestions thanks Anne, thanks.

(10 Apr '11, 17:33) Tammy ♦♦
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