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    Default need help, so sore

    hi

    how do i breastfeed with a blood blister on my nipple? i noticed this morning whilst feeding ds that it was very sore and when i detached him, i have a blood blister. it is still hurting now, feels like my nipple is on fire.

    will it hurt alot or aggrivate it more if i expressed from the affected side?

    any tips or advice would be great

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    Poor you, that happened to me too. I just stopped feeding from that side for a couple of days. I did very gently express from that side. I also used RiteAid Gel breast pads which helped a lot. Good luck.

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    I agree with the previous poster those gel pads can take the sting out for you I got blisters as well I was feeding in the same cradle hold each feed so I tried changing to the football hold so he wasn't sucking on the same parts of my nipples it still hurt but not half as much as the other way.

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    You can try nipple shields

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    I had a similar experience when DS was about 2 weeks. I called the ABA who told me to give that side a break and gently express when needed. After about 24 hours I was as good as new! I also agree with the comment about switching positions, this could take the pressure of the sore, affected area.

    Also, you may need to look at your attachment in the long run. Our poor nipples are so so sensitive at the start and things like this are bound to happen but working on your attachment will do you good! Try and make sure that the entire nipple is in bubs mouth and sits in the soft part in the roof of their mouth (sounds complicated but you'll know when you've got it right as it'll feel comfortable). If it ever feels wrong just unattach and try again. Don't perservere if it's painful, change positions. Even when DS was 9 months old I had some issues and had to readjust positions/attachment.

    You probably all ready know all of the above but I thought I'd throw in my two cents! Good luck, call the ABA if you need them, they're great! You're doing great, I hope the blister heals soon!
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    Your ECN might be helpful, too.

    I don't remember a blood blister specifically but I had all sorts of nipple trauma. Slathered Bepanthen on between feeds, wiped it off for feeds and put a thin layer of Lansinoh on to feed (apparently cos its all natural you can have some in to feed if you must).

    Agree about changing holds, too. Found that helpful. And I found that it was nearly just as painful and more time consuming to express instead so I just fed, though I allowed for a toe curling first couple of mins before you go kind of numb.

    Good luck.

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    Those gel discs are AMAZING!!! I was told about them on the ABA forum. Sometimes feeding bubs in a different position like the football hold can change the position of the pressure. Or if it's only one side feeding less often has helped me in the past. Hope it heals quick, horrible things!!!


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    thanks for the advice ladies

    i got some of the gel pads and have been using them, i tried a different hold with ds but it hurts like hell so i just try and express when that side is full. i have had problems attaching ds on that side since day 1, (he is almost 6 months) but i thought we were doing so well, havent had any soreness for ages.

    my nipple is pretty much double in size with the blister and my whole boob is burning. i am going to ring the chn this morning and see what they say. im in so much pain i may have to give up breastfeeding

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    Call the ABA lovve, I'd see a LC if your having problems still at 6m. Has he been checked for tounge tie?


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