I had my son Monday, he latched on fine for his first few feedings. I was seen by the lactation consultant and given tips, but even then he nipples have become cracked and they've started bleeding. It's painful but I want to be able to breastfeed him like with my first (which was a breeze). What can I do to continue breastfeeding yet allow healing?
Congratulations on the birth of your son. I am sorry you are experiencing such pain. Are you using HPA Lanolin after each feed? That will soothe your damaged nipples and cover the nerve endings so it will also ease the pain but it is important to know the underlying cause which could still be attributed to latching on and positioning. It is hypoallergenic and safe for your baby so you dont have to wipe it off prior to breastfeeding. It is difficult to assess your situation remotely so I would get back in touch with the lactation consultant so she can assess the latch as well as your baby's mouth to ensure that baby is able to open widely and use his tongue to draw out the milk. If it is too painful to breastfeed, you can hand express or pump on the setting that feels ok to you as it is important to keep signaling to your body to make milk and to release it either with nursing or pumping. If someone does feed baby your breastmilk be ssure to pump or hand express at those times so your body doesnt miss a feeding or stimulation. Hang in there, it does get bettter, but it is important to identify the underlying cause.
Gina Ciagne, CLC