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    Just be sure not to leave the painful breast for 3 days without you at least expressing because you will get engorged!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Have you tried changing feed positions? Cradle vs lying down vs football? Each position drains slightly different and the latch will clamp differently too.
    I usually use cradle position. Tried lying down a few times but he seems to slip off more that way. Briefly tried football today and it hurt like crazy but might give it another try tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudMumma34 View Post
    Just be sure not to leave the painful breast for 3 days without you at least expressing because you will get engorged!
    I will definitely express!

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    Oh I feel for you, it sounds a lot like my journey!! I had huge nipple wounds and cracks for the first 6 months of BFing! At one point I didn't actually have 2/3 of my nipple, just wound. In the end, nothing typical helped, like lansinoh, resting it etc. it's excruciating, I know how you feel.

    In the end, I had bad ductal thrush and a staph infection. I needed a course of really strong antibiotics, I can't remember what type? And a thrush tablet taken every 3rd day for 3 rounds. A pharmacist or GP will tell you that's not safe when BFing, I had this prescribed by a specialist with a bit more knowledge.

    In the meantime, short term, I used pain relief before a feed, ice packs after, stress balls during. Lots of air, topless as much as possible. Nipple shield if you can get bub to take it. I would use a C hold, sandwiching my nipple a bit, which made DDs latch deeper and I could adjust it around to take the pressure off the wound. Lots of different positions, lying down, football hold.

    Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaNurture View Post
    Oh I feel for you, it sounds a lot like my journey!! I had huge nipple wounds and cracks for the first 6 months of BFing! At one point I didn't actually have 2/3 of my nipple, just wound. In the end, nothing typical helped, like lansinoh, resting it etc. it's excruciating, I know how you feel.

    In the end, I had bad ductal thrush and a staph infection. I needed a course of really strong antibiotics, I can't remember what type? And a thrush tablet taken every 3rd day for 3 rounds. A pharmacist or GP will tell you that's not safe when BFing, I had this prescribed by a specialist with a bit more knowledge.

    In the meantime, short term, I used pain relief before a feed, ice packs after, stress balls during. Lots of air, topless as much as possible. Nipple shield if you can get bub to take it. I would use a C hold, sandwiching my nipple a bit, which made DDs latch deeper and I could adjust it around to take the pressure off the wound. Lots of different positions, lying down, football hold.

    Best of luck.
    Can I ask how long you went on to breastfeed for? Did it eventually heal?

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    Still breast feeding my DD at 16 months - about a thousand times a day!! Doesn't hurt a bit now. So you're doing an awesome job and you'll get through this!!!

    To be honest - one day it just clicked. We just worked it out and we've been fine since! I think the thrush treatment - diflucan - was what really sorted it out. We had used nil stat and so on before, but we needed that diflucan tablets to really knock it on the head. I ended up taking 6 tablets - 1 every 3 days. So I'd really consider thrush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaNurture View Post
    Still breast feeding my DD at 16 months - about a thousand times a day!! Doesn't hurt a bit now. So you're doing an awesome job and you'll get through this!!!

    To be honest - one day it just clicked. We just worked it out and we've been fine since! I think the thrush treatment - diflucan - was what really sorted it out. We had used nil stat and so on before, but we needed that diflucan tablets to really knock it on the head. I ended up taking 6 tablets - 1 every 3 days. So I'd really consider thrush.
    Thank you - a positive story is just what I need to make it through the middle of the night feeds tonight! I thought thrush would have shown up on the swab my GP took but I am not sure. Will definitely raise it at my appt with GP/LC when I can get in to see her.

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    The funny thing about thrush is that it can show up and not be a problem. And not show up but still be the problem. With swabs I mean. And ulcers are just a prime breeding ground for them, ESP if you've been using antibiotic cream etc. It can also not be in bubs mouth and still be a problem for you.

    You might like to read

    http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12:ca ndida-protocol&catid=5:information&Itemid=17

    Maybe that's not the problem but its worth considering. To be honest, I think I just had to keep trying until something worked. And a lot of it was my own research, GPs and LCs just didn't know what to do. Jack Newman's website was a fantastic resource, also KellyMom. Plus googling while you feed is a great distraction!!

    I know how hard it is and how impossible it feels. You're doing a great job!

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    Are you in Melbourne? Could you get in touch with Pinky McKay?

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    Have you tried laser treatment at the physio. They treat cracks with uv light. Worked wonders for me.
    I hope it gets easier for you soon!!


 

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