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September 26th, 2012, 06:37 AM
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I'm looking for a different perspective on some breastfeeding problems I'm having.
My daughter turned a year old last month and almost 2 weeks ago, she fell in the bathtub and cut her upper lip. The first time she nursed after that (within about an hour) really hurt! It hasn't gotten any better since. She did a little bit of a damage to each side, I have a small spot on my left side and 2 spots on my right side. I've been trying to get her to nurse in positions that don't put pressure on those spots, but on the right, it's hard because of where the spots are.
I treated for thrush without any results, so I've ruled that out. I've been keeping the spots moist to promote moist healing, but honestly, they don't seem to be getting any better It still hurts like crazy when she nurses and I'm getting really frustrated. It's been almost 2 weeks, why aren't things getting better?! Her latch looks fine to me, and since I can nurse pain-free in certain positions (at least on the one side) I don't think she has a bad latch (anymore).
Any thoughts or advice? First, I need to heal my nipples, I really believe the damages spots are what is causing the pain when she nurses. I also wonder though if there's something else going on and that's why I'm not healing. Is there anything else I should look at?
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September 26th, 2012, 08:08 AM
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I don't have any specific advice, but I do sympathize for sure. I had a blocked duct that really seemed to do a number on my nipple. It was excruciating to nurse for well over two weeks, and even a month after it was still painful, like it was being ripped open inside or something.

Perhaps she just keeps rebruising the specific area and it's unable to heal? Like I said, I really don't have any suggestions. Hope you start to feel better soon! It's no fun to dread nursing on one side.
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September 26th, 2012, 10:52 AM
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have you tried triple nipple ointment or neosporin on the breast? when DD was 1.5 or 2.5 (i forget! LOL), she bit me when DH made her laugh while nursing and i had SEVERE pain for weeks, I finally went to a LLL meeting and they said to put triple nipple ointment on it all day long, every day, for at least a week and it made a HUGE world of difference.

Also, check her latch, kids get sloppy as they get older with their latch, make sure she is opening up big and wide.

Sorry you are going thru this, it totally sucks.
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September 26th, 2012, 12:01 PM
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I had something similar. I think DD did something weird with her latch due to teething. At first I had just bad pain and only few days later could I find the injury. I was really freaked as I had read too much about non healing nipple abrasions. What I did was whenever I remembered/had time to put breastmilk onto the injury. I did this repeatedly (it absorbs in matter of minutes) once or twice a day. Then as you pointed out changing the nursing position is key. I usually nurse side laying or in the cradle position. It helped me to do up side down side laying, placing the baby so that our feet were in different directions. It is a really awkward position but it works. I also did football position and when nothing else helped I tried to twist my breast so that the injury was turned away from the upper teeth.
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