Probably a stupid question but have u tried Lansinoh cream before and after feeds? Would maybe help protect the scab?
Also I'd say loads of nipple out time so it can get air and heal. When my nips were really sore I used nipple shells (not shields, shells are like big half tennis ball things you put over your nipples with air holes in) to get the air to my nipples to help them heal.
I also used shields to help with latch and when they were really painful but they come with a caution so be careful not to use them loads and make sure u finish the feed without them cos otherwise your boob won't empty fully x
I had this when I begun breastfeeding my daughter and the only thing that worked for me was lansinoh. That healed it quite quickly. I tried other cheaper creams first but nothing worked other than lansinoh.
I had a major open wound where my nipple would be and really its lansinoh lansinoh lansinoh all day, change your breast pad every feed, put lansinoh on, change your bra every day and wash in a warm or anti bacterial wash. it will be sore but make sure you wash the wound area every day with basic non perfumed soap under running water. I kinda put the soap on the upper of my breast and just let the soapy water run over it and then just water.
i know ppl say to leave your nipple out to dry and heal, I didn't find that very helpful because the air encouraged the crust to form and then DS would get blood when he sucked the crust off feeding.
Also, if it really is taking too long to heal - months - then go to a Dr to see if there is an underlying issue. I had such trouble healing because I had Raynauds which prevented the necessary blood supply to heal it and caused me significant pain. Also if you are taking pain killers during that time, long term use of some can actually prevent healing by stopping alerting the body's immune system.
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