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My nipples are so sore right now. Especially the right side which is cracked. When Madeline latches on, the first 10 seconds hurts so bad. I'm using Lansinoh nipple cream and doing warm compresses....anything else that will help?
Agreed, cracked nipples = problem. Express some breast milk and rub it onto your sore nipples, also if you aren't too leaky let them air out a bit and get some time away from rubbing against clothes and stuff.
I am inclined to say it sounds normal but I don't know what you mean by cracked....not sure if I have ever had that...
To me, the latch pain is at its worst in those first 2-3 weeks. I know they say it should never be painful....but I just think that anytime you go from nothing to someone sucking at you nearly 24/7... there is bound to be *some* pain. Week 3 is usually when my toes stop curling with every latch. For me anyway, it just takes time to get them toughened up..or softened up or. whatever it is. Try not to stress terribly about the latch....maybe her mouth just needs more time getting used to nursing and things will get easier. Time fixes a lot of these early issues. It cant hurt to check for proper latch though....I just wouldn't worry terribly much yet.
Yeah, I know Jackson's latch is good, but I just think those first few weeks do lead to some pain no matter what. I've read plenty of resources and talked to the LC about how BFing definitely leads to some discomfort, no matter how great of a latch your baby has. Especially when you get to cluster feeding.
I can tell you that things are a lot better for me now, as I'm in my third week. I never got a crack, but my nipples were definitely sore and still are a little, but just a lot better than those first 10 days or so.
I also really like the resource that Missa posted. Just being comfortable does wonders for both of us when we're nursing.
Most the time though, cracked/blistered nipples = Bad latch. Sure, some discomfort is normal but when it goes hand & hand with a cracked/blistered nipple, her latch most likely isn't good. Check out the link Missa posted and google/youtube proper latching. Air out as much as possible as well - I've read cracked nipples can be more prone to getting thrush. And you don't want that!
My right nipple is cracked all to heck. It's got a big ol' crack on the top and the bottom. I've also started salt water soaks (1/2 tsp salt in 8oz warm water) when I can after feeding on that nipple. Dab off with a paper towel then try to express some milk and rub it on the nipple into the cracks and everything. Then let air dry as much as I can. Then I put lanolin on it and let it dry some. If I can I just don't put my bra cup back and just continue to let it hang out and dry. But sometimes that's just not comfortable. And I'll tell you, I have soaked more shirts and burp cloths from doing this "let it all hang out" thing because I leak like CRAZY. With that routine my nipple has gotten a LOT better in just a couple days.
That being said, it still hurts like all get out when he latches. I have heard it should get better though and I really think once the nipple heals it should be better too.
Best of luck, hon. I know it hurts! I'm there with you!