I'll try to make this short - DD (4 weeks old) was born with a tongue tie that was snipped in hospital but breastfeeding is still not great. I have seen multiple LCs who say her mouth/sucking action is all 'over the place' and she does seem to use her bottom gum to rake my areola rather than do the normal tounge movement (if that makes sense). Anyway my nipples are constantly damaged and cracked. I use an electric pump as well when bfing is too painful. Do nipples eventually toughen up and heal? I'm using gel discs and lansinoh but not at the same time.
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10-09-2013 20:00 #1
Do damaged nipples ever heal?
10-09-2013 20:06 #2
While I didn't have the issues that you do, I saw a huge improvement in regards to discomfort at the six week mark. I had a large, badly infected crack at 3 weeks and it had cleared up by then too! Hope you get some relief soon
10-09-2013 20:07 #3
Mine did in the main using both things you're using. My left nipple I would say is still slightly damaged but not painful in day to day life.
I also used savlon (cleaned nipple with a face washer before a feed to make sure it was gone). I also found magnesium helped too.
Hang in there, you're doing a great job, it can be so painful.
10-09-2013 20:19 #4
My bub did that also ! (she is 7 wks now) From early on i think she damaged my right nipple, i think when I was learning how to attach her so we started off incorrectly. it was a struggle using that side, so much I would cry everytime :'(. I use Lansinoh (?spelling) too it relieves pain in between feeds and starts to heal i noticed. It is better now though...still a bit sore and damaged looking (i hope not permenantly!) but not as bad as in the first few weeks. And I am getting better at positioning her so it doesnt hurt , which I would thank my new breastfeeding pillow i bought. Its called My Brest Friend ! Lol its cheaper to by on Amazon if ur interested. A good pillow and position can make all the difference too , to prevent further damage But i definitely think mine have toughned up and healed and yours will to
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10-09-2013 20:23 #5Member
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My nipple wouldn't heal for weeks and weeks - until I used a silicone nipple shield and paw paw ointment for a few days, which fixed it completely. I didn't have any probs after that.
10-09-2013 20:31 #6
They certainly do heal and 'toughen' my first daughter had a terrible latch during our breast feeding journey. Over time the pain lessened and each time we had a problem they healed quicker.
This time DD (5weeks) has a tongue tie (has not been cut) so the latch took a lot of work and only in the last few days there is nearly no pain. Breast feeding is hard. Congrats on your bub and I hope you can get her latched better soon.
The gel discs (hydrogel) are fantastic through the day then I use breast pads and tones of Lansinoh at night. Also you could try 'Bosom Buddies' they are great especially cold!
10-09-2013 20:55 #7
Yes they do! It took me 6 weeks to get DS1 attached properly and for my nipples to heal. In between I would pump and try and let them dry in the air. Used pawpaw or lansinoh as well.
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10-09-2013 21:57 #8Senior Member
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I noticed a vast improvement since about 6-7wks. I found hydrogel discs and lansinoh cream really helped. When it got really painful and I was ready to give up I expressed for 24hrs to give my nipples a break. It really helped. It's tough going but it does get better!
10-09-2013 23:09 #9
As others have said it really does get better around the 6 week mark, for your nipples & for the baby - they seem to get better at breastfeeding around this age. When they are a few months old you don't need to latch them on or fuss around with positioning as such, it seems unbelievable but the time will soon come when you just take the boob out & don't even think about it - bub just gets on with it.
You'll get there - keep it up
10-09-2013 23:13 #10
The first 2/3 weeks feeding dd3 were hard badly cracked nipples and one breast had heaps of lumps that need a lot of work to get out
But dd3 is nearly 5 weeks and things are now going great so glad I kept at it and didn't switch to formula like I was tempted to do like I did with dd1
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