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Hello! I have a 6 day old daughter named Makena Renee
I am so sore and I don't know what to do. I keep checking her latch and it looks fine to me but my nipples are cracked and one is bleeding. I am in so much pain that I feel like crying everytime I have to feed.
I have been using lanolin and I try to keep my breasts out to get air whenever possible...they leak everywhere- day and night. It makes it really hard to let them air dry when I am soaked.
First of all, congrats on your new baby!!
I had the same exact problem. Cracked, sore, bleeding nipples. Ouch! But it only lasted the first two weeks and then it completely went away. You might just need to tough it out another week or so. Then it will get better I promise! Once this part is over, you will be so glad you didn't give up. With breastfeeding, sometimes you just have to white knuckle it through a feeding, but you will never regret it! Hang in there, keep using the lanolin, and keep seeking out support.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
Breastfeeding is soo hard and can be soo painful.....but in the end it is so rewarding. With my first daughter it took everything in me to keep doing it, but she nursed for 11 months and it broke my heart when she weened herself. I am now nursing again and it is painful this timea round, but is getting much better. Keep up the lanolin and air drying, it seriously could have everything to do with the latch. Good Luck!! I know that it'll get better!!
Have you guys heard of Kamillosan? It's lanolin based but has 11% camomile extract in it and is wonderful. Don't know if it's better than the lanolin by itself but might be worth a try.
Congrats Tina, Ross is now almost 4 weeks old and I had the same problems you are having. I lost a complete layer of skin on my nipples and the new skin underneeth seems to be much tougher, so you can't have long to go.
I also gave up on disposable breast pads, they don't work nearly as well as the washable ones in keeping you dry.