My LO cracked my nipple a fortnight ago, when he had a sickness bug and fed all night (badly!) yikes, it was sore. Air drying after feeds and rubbing a little expressed milk into it helped the worst heal, but it's still not 100% yet. Pesky little cracks
Hi I had the same experience as you and it turned out my dd has a tongue tie (14 weeks on and it's still not fixed but that's a story for another time) my advice would be... Go to a breast feeding support group and get checked out for tongue tie, pump milk for a couple of days and bottle feed if lo will take it, nipple shields will give your nipples a chance to recover xx
Definitely go to a support group and if you can have an appointment with a lactation consultant it can be really worth it. I wouldn't try nipple shields unless an LC tells you to use them because there are lots of things you can try before you resort to them. Try getting a breast shell so you can get air on your sore nipple and fan something over your nipples after a feed to dry them so that milk doesn't dry in the sore and rip open at the next feed.
I had pain till about 10weeks when it started to get better - by 12weeks we were pain free!! It was probably a mild tongue tie that got her in to bad feeding habits but as she got bigger it improved itself. I did see an ENT consultant who said "No tongue tie" but all the LCs I've seen say I had the classic symptoms. Good news though that if you are in the same boat as me, LO will grow out of it soon!!
I second Lanolin - it keeps scabs flexible so they are less likely to come off during the next feed - but see your GP if you think there is infection in there. Also block feeding and pumping saved me from giving up on bf all together.
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