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    Default New mum with blisters on nipples

    DS was born at 2am yesterday and so far seems to be going great guns with feeding. From what I can see, he does have a fair chunk of the areola in his mouth and is attached and sucking well. However, I have blisters on both nipples - youch!!! Does this happen if attachment is correct?? Or is this telling me that I have it wrong?

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    It's my experience that it can happen even if your attachment is correct. Have you tried different positions? The football position is great. Different positions will put pressure on different parts thereby allowing the blisters to heal.

    I found the best treatment for nipple damage is to rub some expressed milk on and as much sunshine as the neighbours will allow.

    Congratulations on your baby!!!!!!

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    It can happen with perfect attachment, this is a new experience for your nipples! It will be better in a couple of weeks. It's tough work but will improve soon!

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    I have also had the same thing, even with good attachment in the early days. I guess it is a bit like getting blisters usng a shovel when your hands aren't used to it, or wearing new shoes!

    I can secong the rubbing breastmilk on your nipples after each feed, but my saviour was Lansinoh ointment..it was a absolute god-send and you don't need to wipe it off before feeding bub next time. You can get it at the chemist.

    Good luck! The first weeks/months of BF can be tough, but SO worth it!

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    Default New mum with blisters on nipples

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaybaby View Post
    I have also had the same thing, even with good attachment in the early days. I guess it is a bit like getting blisters usng a shovel when your hands aren't used to it, or wearing new shoes!

    I can secong the rubbing breastmilk on your nipples after each feed, but my saviour was Lansinoh ointment..it was a absolute god-send and you don't need to wipe it off before feeding bub next time. You can get it at the chemist.

    Good luck! The first weeks/months of BF can be tough, but SO worth it!
    I second lansinoh!

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    Default New mum with blisters on nipples

    Breastfeeding hurts at first, even with perfect attachment.

    Hydrogel discs (same brand as breastpads, buy from target, big w or chemist) work amazing but you do need to wash the taste off before feeding.

    Persevere...it will get better.

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    Default Re: New mum with blisters on nipples

    The football hold is great for full breasts I find it doesn't aggravate the nipple so much. If your nipples get cracked or grazed or start bleeding use a nipple shield until they have healed over. Go easy on any cream as well cos you don't want to keep your nipples moist all the time. Be diligent about hand washing so you avoid infections ie mastitis. Good luck it does get easier!

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    Default New mum with blisters on nipples

    Thanks for the advice ladies I'm pleased to say that we've been given dozens of compliments by the nurses on how great he's feeding, so it looks like we're on the right track. My milk has come in now and while my nipples are very tender, it's manageable and I'm feeling fairly confident

    Oh and Lansinoh is my new best friend!


 

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