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Breastfeeding with Cracked Nipples? This Is How to Heal Them FAST

Breastfeeding with two cracked nipples is a whole new level of agony. What if I told you that you didn’t have to grit your teeth and cry through every nursing session, trying to outlast the pain?

Here’s the main problem with your sore and cracked nipples. If you stop breastfeeding in order to heal, your milk supply will stop. (No stimulation = No milk) On the other hand, if you keep breastfeeding “as normal”, your nipples are going to fall off. Okay, they won’t really fall off.  It just feels like they will.

The Secret to Healing your Cracked Nipples Is…

Get those cracked nipples healed super-fast by following this two-step therapy plan.

  1. Attack Plan #1: Double check your positioning and your latch to prevent any nipple re-traumatization.
  2. Attack Plan #2: Switch to pumping for a day or two and use these quick-healing remedies to jump back into the nursing fray.

Level One Healing:
For Sore and Cracked Nipples

So the goal of our Level One intervention for cracked nipples is to lower the pain and promote healing during the breastfeeding session itself.

There’s a few tools we can use to do this.

Healing Cracked Nipples with Shields

Nipple shields are these little decorated iron shields decorated with your family emblem and placed on the tip of each breast.

Just kidding.

There’s no emblem.  Okay, seriously…they look a little different than that.

Functionally, though, they act like little iron shields. These plastic shields provide a comfort zone-buffer between your sore or cracked nipples and your baby’s hungry mouth. The shields are SUPER thin, which tricks your baby into thinking your breast is made of silicone.  (Which, actually, it could be…)

Not only is it a huge help to moms who are trying to perfect their breastfeeding latch, it’s essential for moms with inverted nipples.  (That’s where the nipple looks dimpled, like it’s going in instead of poking out.)

The shield should be placed over the nipple, with the cut-out side over the part of the breast where his little nose will be. A little sterile water will help the shield stick to your skin and prevent any shifting around while breastfeeding.

One more thing.  Measure the diameter of your areola (that’s the darkened-skin area around the nipple) before you pick up a pair of nipple shields. Nipples come in all shapes and sizes.  Purchasing the wrong size will do nothing for your cracked nipples, and could actually make them worse.  (In case you’re wondering, worse-than-cracked means bleeding.)

I recommend purchasing them on Amazon, because their return policy is beyond-simple and (let’s be honest) you don’t have the well-rested brain cells to handle anything complicated right now.

Release Your Inner FemBot: The Nipple Shell

Another great weapon in the war against cracked nipples is the nipple shell.  These clever devices give your sore nipples some space.  Literally.

When placed on the breast, it prevents your raw nipples from rubbing against your bra. This may seem like a minor thing, but is actually HUGE when you’re waiting for hurt tissue to heal.  It’s hard to do that when they’re rubbing back and forth on cotton (or worse, WOOL) all afternoon.

Even better, these shells will collect any milk that leaks. This may not be a big deal for you mega-producers out there, but for me, every drop was liquid gold, considering how hard it was to produce!

My only semi-complaint about shells is that they pretty much turn your buxom bosom into a pointy office hazard.  Unless you’re prepared to get stares/snickers/gasps, wear a heavy cover-up sweater or use them on the weekend. 🙂

Use Magic Healing Potions

Besides those contraptions, creams and salves can make a huge healing difference in a short period of time.

When you’re finished breastfeeding, spread a little breastmilk on your nipple and let them air dry.  (Yes, this will require you walk around topless for a while.  He’ll think he died and went to heaven!)

Lanolin is the typical recommended healing cream for sore or cracked nipples.  Lanolin is made from the secretions from sheep. (Sorry that sounds gross, there’s just no flowery-way of explaining it.)  If you’re allergic to wool, almond oil, or shea butter you may want to avoid it. (Vegans beware.)

Honestly, though, lanolin didn’t do much for my aching cracked nipples.  This nipple butter, however, was a MIRACLE of relief. (Ego bonus: It’s all natural!)

Level Two Healing:
For Bleeding Nipples

So, you’ve completed the Level One Cracked Nipple Healing Course and things haven’t improved much.

You’ve used shields and shells, you’ve practiced your topless cooking techniques, and there’s a whole tub of cream smeared on your upper half.

Yet, your cracked nipples are still sore.  So sore, in fact, they are actually bleeding.

In this level of of our healing journey, we’re going to have to “pause” the actual form of breastfeeding, and yet still maintain the same level of stimulation.  It’s a delicate balance.  You need to keep your breastmilk supply high, so you can’t just stop, but you also need a little space the tender tissue to heal enough to stop bleeding.  Here’s what we’re going to do.

Step 1: Get a Free Breast Pump

Trust me, you’re going to want a good electric pump.  (Hand pumps are generally a pain in the pa-tootie.)

When I first started writing about babies and breastfeeding, your only choice was to either shell out a couple hundred dollars or rent a sub-par model (with duct tape!) from the hospital.

NO MORE! Insurance companies are now required by law to provide you with a high-quality breast pump for Freeeeee!  Free…free…free…

Aeroflow will not only do all the crappy paperwork free of charge, they will set you up with a consultant to make sure the pump you are receiving is the perfect fit for your unique situation. Click here to fill out their short form and get that process started!

Step #2: Pump and Bottle Feed

For two days pump every 2 hours, even if you get only drips, and feed that milk to your newborn in a bottle.  (Choosing a good bottle can help prevent nipple confusion.)Not only will the every-two-hour schedule increase your milk supply, the design of the pump will give your nipples a much needed rest.

Again, areolas come in all different sizes so make sure the plastic that goes around your breast is the right size, otherwise you’ll be back on agony street. It needs to be large enough that you feel the tug around the areola area not just the nipple.

Having experienced cracked nipples with my second-born, I can tell you that if you are using the right pump shield size, it won’t hurt.  Even if your nipples are bleeding.  If it does, you need to go a size larger.

When Nothing
Seems to Be Working…

Have your baby checked for tongue-tie.  There may be a physical reason for all this pain.  Click here to learn more about tongue-tie.

Another clever and helpful reader pointed out in the comments that if you’re nipples are sore and these methods aren’t working, you should also head back to your doctor to be checked for Thrush.

Once your cracked nipples have healed (just a day or two should do it), try try again.  It’s time to leave the cracked dry desert of hopelessness and skip through a fertile garden of bonding.

Having struggled in that desert and danced in that garden, let me assure you:  it’s so worth it.

You can totally do this. You can get yourself healed up and actually meet your breastfeeding goals. It will just take a plan (which hopefully now you have), a few good tools, and a pound of stubbornness (that’s the easy part!).

Time to heal up!

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68 thoughts on “Breastfeeding with Cracked Nipples? This Is How to Heal Them FAST

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For this blog. I was in so much pain last week between nursing and engorgement with my 2nd child. I had thoughts of taking a break to let my nipples heal, but I wasn’t sure how to go about. Especially with the engorgement because they tell you to let baby nurse to relieve it. Coming across this blog made me feel that taking a break was ok. I got online and bought nipple sheilds and nipple butter and sent my husband for some cabbage. I used the cabbage leaves 2 times (20 min each time) and pumped as often as I could to keep up with feedings. After a couple days my nipples were looking better so I started using the shields and perfecting the latch. I finally got the nerve to go without the sheild after a couple days. OMG, the difference everything made. Glad I didn’t give up. Thanks for your advice!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, friend! I’m glad you didn’t give up to. There’s something about overcoming a breastfeeding struggle, even if it’s only short-term, that feels so garsh darn good. 🙂

  2. Alright I need some suggestions, my little man is 2 weeks old and is my first child that I’ve nursed without a shield (I had extremely inverted nipples). Both breast take turns being utterly painful, currently it’s my right side. There’s a big crack that bleeds but the searing pain only last for the first 2 mins or so. I use lanolin and keep it clean but I’m wondering if maybe it’s time to give that side a break a pump for a couple days? What’s your suggestion? Thanks in advance!

    1. Shayne, I wish I could offer strong advice on this, but I really can’t. I don’t have the training and knowledge background. What you are suggesting makes sense to me, as a possible solution, but I would really reach out to a Lactation Consultant at your local hospital (or via La Leche League online) and get her feedback. She has been trained in all the medical side of thing, and will know things I can’t even hope to guess at. Your best answers will come from her!

  3. Any advice on extremely large areolas. I have purchased the largest pump flange they sell & my nappies are still getting ripped apart. My little one is almost 4 months old & we have had to use a nipped shield from the beginning b/c mine are flat. When I pump it completely pulls the skin apart. I’m running out of options & afraid my breastfeeding journey may be coming to an end if I can’t get some relief.

    1. Melanie, I would talk to a lactation consultant, I’m SURE this is something they’ve dealt with before. As a fellow “enhanced areola woman” myself, I can tell you that finding the right size is really important. I would find it very unlikely that they don’t have resources or options to help you. I wish I had that level of expertise, but I just don’t. Call your local hospital and ask if they have a lactation consultant on staff – many of them do!

  4. I recommend using “superlan” you can buy it on amazon.com I tried many Lanolin creams, but this one is a cut above the rest, it works so fast and feels so good, it all natural and safe even if a little goes in to your baby’s mouth.

  5. Hello! I’m desperate for help! My daughter is almost 3 weeks old. BF was going great until she was about a week old. It became very painful, dark red spots on my nipples. We saw the lactation specialist, she thought it was a latch problem and tried to help correct it. Still no relief a week later and cracks were forming. Went back a week later. Different lactation nurse told me to only use the football hold to get pressure off the cracks. One side seamed to be getting better but 4 days later and I’ve got a huge crack on one side and the other is getting bigger. Both seam to have a discharge now.

    Lactation nurse wants me to come back tomorrow. And is encouraging me not to pump. We’ve done lanolin, breast milk and air dry, and still no relief.
    I’m at my breaking point! Any suggestions would be great!

    1. I’m surprised she’s not encouraging pumping, since it seems to me that if it IS a latch problem, a day or two of pumping may help the healing process get a jump start. Several other readers mentioned that their baby was later diagnosed with a tongue tie, which can also cause latching issues. I would ask your doctor and the lactation consultant to look over your little girl for that as well. If things continue to decline, perhaps seek a La Leche League meeting and perhaps seek a second opinion with another lactation consultant – it can’t hurt to have to sets of eyes looking at things.

      I’m so sorry to read this, Jennifer, because I can still clearly remember my own journey to Cracked Nippledom, and that was 9 years ago! Hang in there, friend. Remember, though, that if you decide to wean, that’s not a reflection on your worth as a mother. Healthy babies are the goal here. Your baby will love you regardless. (This isn’t me pushing you to wean! But just to let you know that your mothering score is not dependent on whatever you choose. From what I’ve read, you’re a wonderful mother already!) xoxo

  6. Hi Heather,
    Thanks for the tips, which were really useful. I just want to add that I had terrible cracks that weren’t healing, despite checking my latch with three different BF tutors and two Health Visitors who all said the latch looked fine. It wasn’t until a canny midwife referred us to a tongue-tie clinic where the consultant found a posterior tongue-tie that everything suddenly improved – so if things are really sore and not improving, this could be something to check out. I wish we’d had the referral much sooner, I was struggling for five weeks and wondering what was going so wrong.

    Lise

    1. Lise, thank you so much for adding this comment! I’m going to amend the post to include your suggestion. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this post more helpful to other moms, I really appreciate it! I’m also glad to hear that you think you’ve gotten down to the heart of what the problem was. I hope this will make a huge difference!

  7. Another option for cream that I have found has expedited the healing process is Bag Balm- yes, it is for cow udders that are chapped and cracked, but it is incredibly soothing and oh so much better than lanolin! It comes in a green cubic tin with a picture of a cow wreathed in roses and you can get it at any drug store!

  8. I’m so happy to have found your blog. I’ve been suffering from sore nipples on my left breast for a couple of weeks now caused by my baby’s biting! Essentially I think the whole skin in my areola peeled off. It doesn’t seem to be healing even when I’ve tried everything – airdrying then applying cream. Some moments it seems it’s getting better like when wounds start to form scabies but when I pump again (latching is too painful bec it keeps hitting her teeth), it goes red over again and the skin peels off again. I feel like the only way for it to heal is if I stop pumping but if I do, I’ll stop producing milk. Any ideas on what I can do? It’s been more than 2 weeks! It doesnt hurt as much but it still does. Thanks in advance!

    1. Madz,

      I would contact your pediatrician and ask for a recommendation for a lactation consultant to help you through this.

      I hope you can get the help you need!

  9. My baby is almost 6 days old and I broke down crying and crying due to sore, sensitive, cracked, bleeding, blistered nipples. I know it’s because I haven’t quite learned how to latch, but my milk is still not all the way in. I have been told to take a break and pump, but I’m worried my milk won’t come in at all. Any experiences with this??? I did move up a flange size just now.

    1. Juliana, I remember those days. Ugh. I think it’s good you moved up a flange size. That helped me. I also pumped for a few days, and was shocked at how quickly that little break helped. It’s good advice. Have you seen my article on how to check your latch? That may be helpful. There’s a free printable there that can help yes-or-no your way through. Hang in there sister. Is there a lactation consultant in your hospital who can help check your positioning?

  10. I have been struggling with breastfeeding the entire time for the first time after breastfeeding 3 other children just fine. My 4th has been hard. We battled thrush for months and now at 7 months old I’m still dealing with cracked sore nipples. I stopped breastfeeding on the left because I have a huge split That hasn’t healed after 3 days. Just tried feeding her on it and holy moly the stinging agony. I don’t know what to do. Sadly I feel ready to give up for the first time. I thought I was a pro after 3 other kids but breastfeeding can kick your butt anytime I guess. I’m going to try these tips before I just throw in the towel.

    1. Nikki,

      I know what you mean about feeling like you’re a pro and being caught by surprise! The x factor is that each baby is so different, and that includes how they eat! In addition, it only gets harder to take care of yourself with each child added to the family. A wonderful blessing to have four but also just a lot of plain hard work!

      I do hope this tips will be a help to you.

      Wishing you healing!

  11. THANK YOU!!! Your advise was so helpful! I almost stopped breastfeeding because I was in so much pain. I was getting professional advise and no one was addressing my healing. I found your blog and after my two days of healing and pumping and working on baby’s latch we are back to nursing! Thank you.

    1. Tanya,

      I’m so glad to hear this! You are a tough mama, good job not giving up! It’s definitely worth it to know your are giving your little one the best.

  12. Hi, I have a quick and easy remedy! Just put honey on it! In between feedings, keep honey on it. Even the first application makes a difference. I had this problem for several days and it was progressively getting worse. I seriously started thinking of weaning. Then it became so unbearable but I didn’t have medical insurance to see a doc. I forgot what normal feeding was like. The spiky feeling and hot burning was torture! And it was taking longer to heal after each feeding until I put the honey on for the first time. She nursed about 15 minutes after I put it on and it was almost like a normal feed! It works!

    1. So glad this worked for you. Just be careful to rinse off the honey before you feed your little one because of the risk of infant botulism, though probably not very high, still worth considering. [An infant with botulism will become weak, possibly suffer constipation, have a weak cry, will suck weakly and have droopy eyelids. If your infant exhibits any of these symptoms be in touch with your pediatrician immediately as paralysis of his muscles and respiratory system is possible.]

  13. Thank you for the advice… I will try it all. Have been nursing/pumping at work for eight months with little issue until…dundunda!… Thrush. Get over that, then mastitis a few weeks ago (didn’t know what hit me, that was horrid), and now I have a cracked and bleeding left nipple ( the “favorite” side, since it produces literally 3x the milk the right side does for my voracious fast growing baby).

    Have tried routine of nursing airing out, saline rinse, lanolin, antibiotic ointment, shells (if home)/cotton nursing pad (if at work). I work 8-5 so have to pump a few times every day to have milk for the next day to send to daycare.

    Because I fear the return of mastitis (horrible pain plus horrible flu) I have to express a lot of milk with the pump (at the lowest setting mind you), but because the pain of the cracked nipple is horrible too (and it keeps getting reopened every time I pump) I hate that as well.

    However the worst is when the Tiny Milk Pirate really wants that side in the early morning (because the other side only gives 1/3 the milk), I cringe and wince and about cry through his very toothy latch.

    Not that I want to give up but this cycle is just pain all the time with me worried about infections every time it reopens.

    Any advice you could give would be amazing. Thanks

    1. Oh sister. There are few things in life as painful as a cracked nipple. Except perhaps mastitis…and you’ve pushed through both! Have you tried using a nipple shield? (What they look like.) It may be helpful in providing a little space between those little teefers and your tender ladies. Also, definitely use a nipple shell (like this one.) as much as possible to help keep air circulating around the nipple without having to go topless.

      Also make sure you’ve got a cream or something to help speed up the healing process. (You know, like when you put neosporin on a cut.) I’m a big fan of this nipple butter, but use whatever fits your budget.)

      Finally, I would give your local hospital a call and ask if they have any lactation consultants on staff who can look you over. I’m sure they would have other healing suggestions that I can’t think of. Hang in there, friend. (hugs)

  14. Thanks for this information! I’m currently in the midst of week 4 of thrush breastfeeding hell. Now I have a huge crack on my left nipple that just wont heal. Dantes inferno- no joke!
    Today I decided to feed her only off the right and pump the left, and it feels fine. Crack is still there, though.. so the burning shards of glass feeling will be back I suspect if I put her on. Ugh.
    My question is.. do you think time is the best thing I can do at this point? Just wait it out?? Ive tried lanolin and APNO, with no results. I’m still using a vinegar wash after each feeding along with Diflucan and Nystatin.
    So much burning.
    So much.

    Thanks for your help 🙂

    1. Kristin, I’m so sorry friend! Ugh. Such agony. I think you’re doing exactly what I would do – give that nip a break and just pump for 3-4 days on that side. I would also talk with a lactation consultant and actually have her look you over, and then go over the latch to make sure your little bubs isn’t misaligned. The good news, though, is usually a few days of pumping can really help. It’s amazing how fast they can heal when not being re-traumatized. Hang in there sister!

  15. Hi, my daughter is 7 months old and i only breastpump to feed her.since a week i hav got bruised on the sides of my nipples and its only got worst.not it has started oozing out blood too.i am using 27 mm size madella flange.when i pump my entire areola goes in the tube of the flange.Am i using the right flange? My lc asked me to stop punping but if i do tht then my milk supply will stop completely as my daughter has stopped latching since many months..

    1. Farina, I think your instinct to look at the flange size is spot on. I can’t tell you if it’s the right size without visually looking you over, but I would either have your LC look and see. Perhaps buy the size smaller and the size bigger and see if either of those feel better. You should feel like the entire breast is being pumped – not just the nipple. A good fit shouldn’t leave you with oozing nipples, so definitely focus on looking for a better fit. Another option is to hand-express for a few days to give them time to heal. Your LC should be able to show you how to do that in the shower. Even 24 hours of hand-expressing while using a good cream (like my favorite nipple butter) can actually make a big difference. You’d be amazed how fast nipples can heal when not being re-traumatized. Focus on those two things (healing and sizing) and you should find yourself on the right track!

  16. Thanks for the tips! My nips are puffy and yellow/white from scabbing or something. They burn when exposed to the air. Breastfeeding without the shield is so painful I am in tears. The shield helps the pain for the most part. A question about pumping: pump both breasts every two hours, or one breast per two hours? And pump for how long every two hours? Thanks!

    1. Brittany, I would talk to a lactation consultant and see if she can’t physically come and look at some of your techniques and things. Also, it sounds like you may have an infection, so you may need some antibiotics to clear that up. Talk to your OBGYN and have him/her look you over as soon as possible – and definitely I would pump while you’re working this out. I’m so sorry to hear about your struggling! That was NO FUN at all when I went through it…but the good news is you will get through it.

      Personally I would pump every 2 hours on both sides to try to keep your supply as high as possible. Then pump them until they are dry – or at least 10-15 minutes. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t feel like you’re getting much the first few times. (I remembering pumping for 15 minutes and getting barely an ounce!) You’re just triggering the “make more milk” glands. The more you pump today, the more milk your body will make tomorrow.

      But definitely see your doctor and possibly a lactation consultant, those experts will be able to give you a lot more help than I can. Hang in there friend!

  17. My little is 1 week old and my left nipple is severely cracked to the point that in I’m tears at every feeding and I can’t bare to latch him on that side today because of the pain. I’ve been using lanolin with no relief. Before we left the hospital I was told his latch was good, but my nipple on my left is just a tad too big for his little mouth. Right now I’m just so ready to give up, but I am so torn. I’m hoping tips from this page will help me heal before I throw in the towel.

    1. Vanessa,

      I am so sorry for your pain! I remember feeling so desperate with my first-born. I found a good lactation consultant and she helped me SO much. I recommend that you see a lactation consultant if you haven’t already. Your pediatrician’s office should have recommendations.

      P.S. I know it looks like your nipple is too big for his little mouth but you would be surprised at how wide those little ones can open! Just remember to support his little head at the nape so he can tip his head back just like you would when you take a drink of water. Hope you can get some help and heal soon!

  18. Dr jack newman’s nipple cream is amazing. Expensive and a script not covered by insurance, but it’s worth it!

  19. So glad i found this. I think this is the reason why i gave up so early with my first 2 boys. Only nursed till 8 weeks with them both but it was better than not at all. Now with my third here and less than a week old my right nipple is killing me. I find that using the hand pump seems to work better than the double for just the one side and if i nurse on that side i use the shield. Great information youve provided!!!

  20. I got a yeast infection and the baby got Thrush and Bowie have a crack on both nipples and baby is 7mo and refuses a bottle or cup .. Idiot know what to do.. I cry thru nursing and don’t know how to hel it heal..

    1. Brandi,

      So sorry to hear this! I know how painful it can be to nurse when your nipple are under duress! Please do a search to find a lactation consultant in your area. This could make all the difference! She can look at all the factors and help you decide what to do first (nipple shields may be one suggestion).

  21. I have a 4 week old with a bad latch that I can’t seem to fix. 🙁 he keeps pulling his bottom lip/jaw in when he sucks, which damages my nipples (it’s worse on the right compared to the left). Even if I achieve a perfect latch, after 5-10 seconds, he will pull his head back in order to tuck in his lip and continue sucking. When I keep unlatching-re latching, he gets frustrated and fusses at the breast which just makes it worse. Haven’t pumped yet bc I don’t see how that will fix his latch. Started using a nipple shield, but he STILL tucks in his lip. Don’t know what to do! Separately, many women don’t know that IF you have health insurance, they are REQUIRED BY LAW to provide you with a pump FREE OF CHARGE!! Just call and ask for one – I got a Medela double electric from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Florida.

    1. Mary,

      Have you found a lactation consultant to help you and your little one? Sometimes this can make all the difference. I can attest to this from my experience with nursing my first-born. It was worth the time and money!

      Also, thank you for sharing the new policy about insurance companies being required to provide you with a pump. It is good to get this information out there.

  22. my baby is 17 months old. We got thrush in Feb. I got a crack in my left nipple it took forever to heal. Now I have one in my right its been 4+ weeks no relief. I’m on diflucan in case its yeast again. Last time antibiotics helped heal it. I use aquaphor and lansinoh, expose to air, use breast milk, wait12+ hours between most feeds to no avail. Help!!! My ob isn’t too helpful family Dr said see ob. Ugh!

    1. Oh, Natalie, not fun! So sorry that you’ve had this struggle. I remember trying coconut oil too since it has natural antibiotic properties…
      If antibiotics helped last time it’s probably time to try that route again. Hope that does the trick (you can take probiotics to balance out the antibiotics, just don’t take them at the same time).

  23. I never was able to get my little boy to latch. He was born at 34 weeks and spent some time in the NICU where they fed him my milk through bottles. Now I rented the really nice Medela Symphony hospital grade pump at 75$ a month to continue breast milk at home…however my nipples are now bleeding and they burn really bad. I now think it’s from using too small “cone thingys” I originally thought they were large enough till I read this article saying that I should feel a tug on the areola not just the nipple itself. …. I’m definitely not feeling a tug there so I’ll have to go up a size. Thanks!

    I’m still wishing he would have just latched. I feel like I have all the work of breastfeeding but none of the cool benefits. i.e. bonding, no bottle cleaning, always access to baby food no matter what.

    1. Drea,

      Yes, do go up a size and may you be feeling better soon! You are a tough mama! Just keep in mind that you’re helping his little immune system so much by all the work you are doing. Good for you!

      How old is your little guy? Just wondering if you still might be able to work with a consultant and teach him how to nurse…

  24. Thanks so much for that advice. Just had my third and I unfortunately have the right bleeding. I called lactation and they told me to pump that side for a while, which I am doing. But hearing someone go through this, gives me hope. We go to the dr Monday and I am hoping the nurse that helped me last time can look at my latch. I really want to get back to just BF to establish my supply. Thanks again!

  25. Any ideas regarding pumping and bleeding nipples?  This is baby no. 2 and, just like with the first, I rented a hospital grade Medela double pump for pumping.  Baby is 7 months and  I nurse him first thing in the morning, at bedtime and in the middle of the night–rest of the time I pump.   It doesn’t seem like the flange is the wrong size–it’s the biggest size they make, but for some reason, my right nipple is all sorts of cracked and scabbed and I’m pretty sure it’s from the pump!  So strange and painful…

    1. Nikki,

      It really does sound like you need a different size flange… can you see any of your areola when you are pumping (if you can, that’s not good!)?

  26. Thank you!!!

    I’m in a cracking desert of despair with my third baby right now who is 8 FREAKING MONTHS OLD. So as to why we’re still engaging in fun bonding activities like “tear mommy’s nipples off with my toothless gums” is anybody’s guess.

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