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January 1st, 2010, 08:05 AM
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What have you ladies found is the best way to heal cracked nipples? I am currently pumping to feed DD and I really really want to start BF again asap. In my other thread, people suggested putting BM on them and letting them dry, so I've been doing that and then using Lansinoh Lanolin and using a breast shell to keep my clothes off of them. That keeps them moist, is that better than letting them dry out?

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January 1st, 2010, 08:32 AM
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No, it's best to let them dry...If you can, go without a shirt (or at least a bra) and let them air out for a little while each day (at least until your problems go away). That and the lanolin, are what helped me! Hope they start feeling better!
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January 1st, 2010, 12:06 PM
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I never had a cracked nipple except from thrush...but I do agree that drying them out often seems to help more than keeping them moist. With thrush I found that olive oil healed my cracks faster than anything else. For pain relief though you can see if you can find hydrogel pads - often they have to be ordered online though. They are supposed to be the fastest (and most comfortable) way to heal a nipple cracked by issues with early nursing.
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Here is a way to get the hydrogel discs for free...but I am not sure how long it takes to arrive.
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January 1st, 2010, 01:22 PM
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if you have a CVS near you they sell Soothies gel pads and they helped me a ton!!!

Amazon.com: Soothies Gel Pads for Nursing Moms: Baby
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January 1st, 2010, 02:08 PM
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I loved the lansinoh. I put it on every morning and night and as needed. It helped me pretty quickly.
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January 1st, 2010, 05:20 PM
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I kept the lansinoh in the pocket of my breastfeeding pillow and used it after every nursing session. Beware, though, it leaves oil stains on clothes. I didn't realize that for about a week til I did laundry for the first time. By then, all the tops that fit me were stained.
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January 1st, 2010, 06:00 PM
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I kept the lansinoh in the pocket of my breastfeeding pillow and used it after every nursing session. Beware, though, it leaves oil stains on clothes. I didn't realize that for about a week til I did laundry for the first time. By then, all the tops that fit me were stained.
Try soaking them in Mule Team Borax (available in your laundry aisle) and when I say soak - I mean like for 24 hrs..then wash. It seemed to work for me. I learned this trick when I was doing massage & my oils were constantly spotting my sheets.

You can pretreat Lansinoh stains with Dawn dish detergent because it helps break down grease & lanolin is a grease.
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January 1st, 2010, 06:57 PM
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I recommend Nipple Butter by EarthMama AngelBaby...

The first couple of days of BFing my nipples were raw... I applied Nipple Butter and the next day they were good to go and haven't had a problem since!
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January 1st, 2010, 06:59 PM
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I agree, use your own milk and air dry! The Soothies helped me a lot with my first DD when I had really bad cracks. If you have a Motherhood near you, you should be able to find them there and I think Target also sells them.

Honestly, your best bet is to continue nursing and they will heal. I know it hurts, but pumping exclusively will not be very good for your supply this early. I also found that pumping seemed to open up my cracks much easier than my baby nursing. If you wait until your cracks are completely healed to start nursing again, sadly, it will probably be too late. It may take a few weeks for them to heal completely, but you should see some major improvement in about a week if you use some of the suggestions above.

Hang in there mama, and you can do this!

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