can i toughen my nipples?

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  1. jocie

    jocie Mumma of 4 crazy kiddos

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    silly sounding question! makes me giggle actually! :haha:
    im only 12 weeks but im wondering if there is anything i can do to toughen up my nipples before the baby gets here?
    i remember the pain being toe-curling with my son, and i dont know if this happens every time or how that works....
    anybody know?
    id like to avoid it if i can.....and if not ill still bf! :)
     
  2. austinsmom

    austinsmom Well-Known Member

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    I think you'll find with subsequent children that it's a little easier. You kinda know that you're doing... even if LO doesn't. I wouldn't recommend doing anything in advance, as it can cause uterine contractions.:flower:
     
  3. Sadie79

    Sadie79 Well-Known Member

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    I would say just have the lanolin cream ready (but only apply immediately before latching - let them dry at other times). My sister in law who has 3 kids says the nipple soreness isn't quite as bad but the engorgement pain is about the same. My baby is only 3 months but already I am panicking about next time!! xxx
     
  4. moomin_troll

    moomin_troll mummy to zane and corey

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    i spoke to my mum n mentioned waiting for my nipples to toughen n she laughed at me sayin she had images of me whipping my boobs hahaha

    ive heard its still toe curling for eac child, i didnt bf my first for long so i cant say if its true or not.

    like aboove says just get the lanolin cream at the ready.
     
  5. jocie

    jocie Mumma of 4 crazy kiddos

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    okay, thats about what i thought. i already have the lanolin on hand, so i guess im as prepared as i can be. :)
    i had a cracked nipple with my last LO and that was so painful! ouch!
     
  6. moomin_troll

    moomin_troll mummy to zane and corey

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    i put lanolin on after every feed and i use lots on each boob and ive never had cracked nipples..thankfully
     

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