M.S. asks from Paso Robles, CA on August 09, 2008
Cracked Nipples - Paso Robles,CA
How can you quickly heal cracked nipples? I have a two week old who is a biter and has a tiny mouth. I have tried pumping, lactation consultants, soothies, etc. What else can I do to heal faster? I am getting discouraged.
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J.T. answers from Seattle on August 15, 2008
I was getting blisters on my nipples that would not go away between feedings. The lactation consultant said to express a little milk, rub it all around on the sore areas and let it air dry. I tried this and the next feeding I was expecting to find a little improvement, but instead found that the blisters were completely gone! It worked every time.
C.L. answers from Los Angeles on August 11, 2008
I too had the problem of soar, cracked nipples, I used medela Lanolin. You have probably heard of it, but it worked the best for me. If you have not heard of it I got it at Target and you can get it from the drug store as well. And I am still using it after each feeding to prevent the cracked nipples and to stay clear of the pain. But be careful, I got Mastitis(sp)...not so fun. Just be aware of this so you can help prevent it, I only new I had this because a friend told me about her experience and I was happy to have the info. You can look it up on line so you are aware.
Take care and good luck. The cracking went away within a few days.
N.W. answers from San Diego on August 11, 2008
Have you tried Lansinoh Lanolin it works great. Its really thick and ackward at first but it works sooo well and its safe to breastfeed while you have it on.
H.S. answers from Los Angeles on August 10, 2008
I used lansinoh (spelling?) and purelan. They are both 100%lanolin. It was quite a while ago, but between not having her latch perfected and leaving her on my breast too long I ended up w/ painful cracked nipples.Putting a call in to The Pump station in LA would be helpful as there may be s 'new and improved' pruduct available! Best, H.
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L.H. answers from Santa Barbara on August 10, 2008
Use lanolin on the nipple after every time your baby nurses, and make sure the nipple is pretty deep into the baby's mouth. Sounds like the latch needs (or did need) work. If the latch seems not good, just unhook the baby and try again.
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L.F. answers from Los Angeles on August 10, 2008
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW ARRIVAL!!!! : )))
I truly want to commend you on nursing your two week old. I sooooo love nursing my dazzling son, Dylan Orion. And.....don't laugh, but I call him my LUSCIOUSLY VORACIOUS MILKY MONSTER! Nursing is the most amazing communication I've ever experienced with another being before.
And please know........ that in the beginning my nipples also cracked and bled, and it was so painful. But, I was determined to continue nursing Dylan. Then, on day 4 I discovered MOTHERLOVE'S NIPPLE CREAM. And, I truly agree with all the other MAMAS that have recommended this amazing product to you! It was a lifesaver! It literally healed my nipples almost instantly and the great thing about the NIPPLE CREAM is that it is 100% natural so it is not harmful if your baby ingests it.
Here's the website for MOTHERLOVE:
And, this is what they say about their NIPPLE CREAM:
"The only nipple cream certified USDA Organic
Use on sore, cracked nursing nipples to quickly soften and heal skin, and relieve pain. This creamy salve goes on easily and also serves as an excellent diaper rash ointment. All ingredients are safe for ingestion, so it does not need to be washed off prior to nursing.
Does not contain lanolin, which contains several pesticides; or Vitamin E, which should not be ingested by infants."
I bought my NIPPLE CREAM at WHOLE FOODS and THE PUMP STATION, but to find a store close to you go to:
I also love the LA LECHE LEAGUE for all the help they've given me, and I highly recommend calling them! If you haven't checked them out already...here's their website for California: http://www.llli.org/Web/California.html
Hope this helps! Please free to call me anytime: (323) 906~2784 or e~mail me at ____@____.com
Hang in there with the nursing, M.! You're doing AMAZING!!!
L. (Mama to 45 week old Dylan Orion) : )))
J.E. answers from Las Vegas on August 10, 2008
Have you tried a nipple cream? I have Lansinoh and it worked great for me. Good luck!
M.M. answers from Los Angeles on August 10, 2008
Ouch! I feel for you. When my nipples were cracked I stopped nursing and pumped instead until they healed. I used lanolin and the breast pump was gentler on my breasts than my son and this way he was able to still get the benefits of breast milk. And once I healed my breasts were tough enough to handle my new baby boy. I hope you find some relief soon. Those first few weeks after your milk comes in are really tough, but you'll make it. Good luck.
B.B. answers from San Diego on August 10, 2008
I know you have a lot of responses, but don't no if anyone recommended something called Nipple Ointment (Newman) my OBGYN recommended it and it ws by far the best, I was in the same boat trying the Lansinoh, and pumping and everything else. YOu can look it up I think I just typed in Newman nipple ointment.
Good Luck to you
C.B. answers from San Diego on August 10, 2008
The breast shells by Avent were a life saver for me. I continued nursing and wore the shells in between feedings. My nipples healed in 2 days and I never had any more problems with cracked and bleeding nipples! The shells with the vents on top allow for air to circulate around the nipples so they heal faster. I even slept in them with no problem. Just remember that the shells will have some milk in them that could spill out the top if you lean over.
Here is a link: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2403352
K.M. answers from Honolulu on August 10, 2008
I had "chapped" leading to cracked nipples as well. My OB RN suggested exposing my nipples to sunlight (yeah, right) or a bare 40 watt lightbulb, like a lamp without shade, after nursing. Not actually touching the hot bulb, but something about the warmth was soothing, and it dried the area without touching it and further irritating it. Then go topless, or some kind of breast shield that allows air circulation so you don't leak and have your sore nipples sitting in it & rubbing (like licking your lips over and over, they chap). My nipples "toughened up" by about 3.5 months. Best wishes.