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#1 Feral Joules

Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:12 PM

I exclusively breastfeed my 5mth old DS, after the first 8 weeks breastfeeding has been straight forward and painless.  Then two weeks ago I noticed that my nipples were tender after feeding, I've tried different positions, but it got worse, and I now find breast feeding painful, right from when he latches on.

I've looked in his mouth and can't see any signs of thrush, but what else could be causing this?

I'm not sure if it is related or not, but this has coincided with DS being really unsettled overnight, he has gone back to feeding every 1 -2 hours, and I'm now co-sleeping just so that I can get some sleep.

Any suggestions would be great, TIA original.gif

#2 lucky 2

Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:19 PM

Any changes in your diet or medication?
? related to increase in feeding, ? teething and saliva.
Do you have a LC/Clinic you can call and chat, or the ABA?
When I read the title I thought "pregnancy" but ???
I hope someone else has some ideas and you get some relief soon.
Burning and stinging pain is often thought to be ? thrush, is it a pain like that or different?
All the best.

#3 sahm3

Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

Is it actually internal 'nipple' pain, or external on the actual nipple?

It could be signs of mastitis if internal 'shooting' type pain. Or bub could be biting slightly whilst feeding or sucking harder, which can cause a bit of discomfort. This can cause internal pain/tenderness. If so, check for lumps in your breasts. If you find any, then massage them, as you could have a blocked duct and this could be causing the pain. Do you have any other symptoms of mastitis (fever/chills, underarm pain, a red rash or sore area on your breast?).

If it's outside, on the actual nipple, does the nipple look like it's cracked or sore? Sometimes bub can suck harder and cause a blister on the actual nipple, or nipples can get cracked and sore. If so, try using LANSINOH on them.

Sorry I may not be of any help.

Sometimes I had pain at times, but it just sorted itself out.

Hope it gets better soon.

#4 sahm3

Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:28 PM

After re-reading your post, it seems to me like it could be that your baby is just sucking harder and therefore causing you discomfort.
Sometimes (from my own personal experience) this can be because your baby is extra hungry and you need to get your breasts to make more milk.
Try feeding more often to stimulate your milk supply and letting bub feed for longer.

I know at times my milk supply must of lessened and this made bubs more hungry, and therefore suck harder and caused me discomfort. I had to up my feeds per day and increase my milk supply by either taking medication prescribed by the GP and also Breast Pump a bit of milk to keep up my supply.


#5 Feral Joules

Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:49 PM

The pain is external, and ends of my nipples look irritated, DS is teething, and now that I think of it does seem to have been comfort feeding a lot, (today has only slept while feeding and woke up as soon as I removed my nipple, which I did very carefully).

Guess I'll just have to wait for this stage to pass... unsure.gif

#6 stardust81

Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:51 PM

I am experiencing nipple pain at the moment too. Mine is due to DS using me as a dummy throughout the night and like your son he has been waking every hour or two overnight so it is just too much for them. I find when he wants to comfort suck rather than just an increase in feeds, that is when I seem to experience pain during the feeds.

#7 Copper and May

Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:16 PM

There are these great little compresses which you can buy at the chemist and attach them to your nipples. I am just trying to think of the name of them, but whatever they have in them. you don't have to wipe away before feeding your baby. They will heal you nipples really well and I think you can buy them online as well. I will have to come back when I think of the name of them, but someone else may know what I am talking about. Just thought of the name - Multi-mum compresses and they are fantastic.

#8 Feral Joules

Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:28 PM

Thanks Winterdanceparty, I'll look for them original.gif

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