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April 12th, 2005, 10:10 AM
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Does anyone know of any other thing that you can do for sore nipples other than the lanolin. I have been using that and it helps a little. I think it is because he is going through a little growth spurt. He is nursing more often and for a longer period of time. They are so sore that I want to cry. The lady at the WIC office said that his growth spurt should only last a few days but it has been 3 days already. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Rebecca
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April 12th, 2005, 12:11 PM
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Have you tried exposing your breasts to air. With my last baby, I'd sleep with my top pulled up or off and it helped me so much in just a days days. I couldn't do that during the day as I had 5 other children running around the house but just at night worked wonders for me. I still used the lanolin cream.
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April 12th, 2005, 01:27 PM
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other than the lanolin and making sure that they are dry .... are you sure he hasn't gottne a lazy latch? Double check your latch!

FWIW ... Liam's growth spurts always lasted a week! Nearly made me insane, but here we are at 2 and still going strong!

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April 12th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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He has a really good latch as far as I know. Sometimes it is hard to tell. I feel like crying when I have to nurse him. Normally it hurts like to first few sucks and than I feels fine but now the entire time he is nursing it hurts. Rebecca
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April 12th, 2005, 02:38 PM
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I am coming in late here, but how long have you been nursing. I was in pure pain for 3 or 4 weeks. The only advice I can offer is what the other ladies have.. let it air dry for a few minutes after nursing.. and just keep applying that lanolin
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April 12th, 2005, 03:47 PM
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I have only been nursing for almost three weeks but after the first week it stopped hurting really bad. I do remember when I nursed my girls that it hurt really bad for longer. I am nursing him right now and it hurt for the first minute and than no pain. I just don't understand it. I am so confused.
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April 13th, 2005, 07:11 AM
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For latch make sure his mouth is open really wide and the nipple is going in at the bottom and as much in as he'll take.

Put the lanolin on before and after you nurse. Putting it on before softens the nipples so he isn't latching onto dry ones. After will help with long term soreness.

If it lasts much longer, have him checked for thrush. it can cause pain while nursing.
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April 13th, 2005, 10:14 AM
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I remember the thrush from my daughter and it was never as painful as that. Last night and today I haven't had any pain. I just don't understand it but I refuse to give up on nursing just because it hurts. It just makes it very difficult.
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April 13th, 2005, 03:44 PM
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I know alot of people discourage the use but I used a nipple sheild for the first few weeks , 3-4 weeks until my nipples healed. I had a hard time getting her to latch well. I felt guilty and worried about not producing enough milk because apparently it can interfere with milk supply. But after about a month I felt confident to stop using and my DD is a very healthy 15.5 lb 4.5 month old. If it wasn't for the sheild I may have stopped!!
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April 16th, 2005, 06:39 PM
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i just wanted to mention that a friend of mine had a child that seemed to have a growth spurt that last for a week and she took her to the dr. and found out that the kid has reflux and was nursing all the time to feel better...


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April 17th, 2005, 01:46 PM
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I'm using Kamillosan, it has 10.5% chamomile in it and it's wonderful. It's available at Mothercare in the UK, but I'm sure you'd be able to get it under another name in the States.

I'm also bathing with a chamomile tea bag, it's even better than drinking it
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April 18th, 2005, 10:00 AM
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Originally posted by beccaak@Apr 12 2005, 11:10 AM
Does anyone know of any other thing that you can do for sore nipples other than the lanolin.* I have been using that and it helps a little.* I think it is because he is going through a little growth spurt.* He is nursing more often and for a longer period of time.* They are so sore that I want to cry.* The lady at the WIC office said that his growth spurt should only last a few days but it has been 3 days already.* Any help or advice would be appreciated.* Rebecca
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Just browsing the website, never have breastfed, but I did reasearch on the subject last semester for nursing school...

Some things to try:

-Dont wash nipples with soap (just rinse with water)
-Massage your own breat milk into nipples after feedings, let air dry
-Use olive oil on nipples: acts as a natural moiterizer and has antibacterial properties
-Nipple sheilds
-Gel pads (there are many brands...but they can be expensive)
-Dont be afriad to take an OTC pain med (ask MD first) but most docs would agree if you are that uncomfertable...it would be better for you both.
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