My nipples hurt so bad while breastfeeding

Discussion in 'Parenting' started by Lily_Blossom, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Lily_Blossom

    Lily_Blossom New Member

    I am in so much pain. Lily Mae is latching on right (plenty of areola in her mouth), and I have TONS of milk. She just wants to drink CONSTANTLY and when I limit her time on the breast (even if she has been feeding for an hour) she SCREAMS bloody murder like she is STARVING. I know she is eating enough because of how much she is pooing and peeing, and because my boobs are DRAINED!!! I feel like she is drinking to pacify herself, but I seriously can't deal with the SCREAMING!!! I have tried switching breasts in the middle of the feeding, I use nipple cream constantly, I HURT. I even tried using a breast pump on the sorer breast, and just feeding on the less sore one, but it only helped for like half a day.

    Can anyone help??? If you went through this, how long did it take you for your nipples to not cause you agonizing pain?? I want to breastfeed, I don't want her having the bottle, and she just LOVES to feed. Her eyes roll around while she is feeding, she coos and is so happy and content, but she screams when I take it away, even though I know she has had more than enough.

    Mommy hurts!! Ouchie! [​IMG]

  2. gutterflower

    gutterflower Active Member

    Awwww I remember this, I had such a hard time, Audrey always latch on wrong because she was slightly tongue tied. I honestly can't help you, but there are some successful breastfeeding moms here. I just strictly pump all of Audrey's breastmilk since she was about a month old.

  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hey Tiff,I feel your pain,i think MOST women who brest feed experince the dreaded nipple pain...I tried the creams,the nipple shield,and all the other tips,they still bled...sadly it's just something you have to push past if you want to carry on.Mine were bleeding at one point,but I carried on...It took about a week for them to not feel sore anymore.I dont think there is a magic solution to make the pain stop,it's just what happens when skin gets sore,then keeps getting tugged on and damp.It hurts like a bitch i know.Have you tried using a nipple shield? I seem to remember it helpes a TINY bit for me but not much...All I can say DOES get better...Baby will also want to suckle to comfort herlserf if you let her...let's face it,mummy's nice warm body is better than a cold silicone pacifier...given the choice they would all pick mum! [​IMG]

    ONce again,it's something that you have to deal with as you feel.Once I made sure Teo was feedin properly,I put him down and it was hit and miss for a few weeks and sometimes he DID scream but if he's not hungry...I just him cry for up to 15 mins (that may sound mean to some) but 9 times out of ten (I promise thats true) he would give up and fall asleep,if he were really upset/hungry/dirty he would not have fallen asleep.I know it's horrible to listen to,but it's completely normal for them to cry and at some points sometimes you cant do anymore to sooth them,they have to learn to pacify themsleves and fall asleep alone too otherwise you will have a baby stuck to your boobs 24/7 whihc is not good for either of you.Please dont feel mean to put her down and walk away for 10 mins...if she is truly upset,she will carry on after that,if she is full and is just longing for comfort,she will fall asleep anyway!

    hope this helps!

  4. cln1812

    cln1812 New Member

    Make sure the latch is right as well with a certified lactation consultant. If the baby has a good latch, you should not feel that much pain, maybe some soreness. I did not have any pain when I began breastfeeding (I'm told I'm in the minority). Now, sometimes, Tessa will get lazy with her latch when she's distracted, and that will be a bit painful. I've also heard you can hand express a few drops of milk and dab that on the sores to help them heal. Sorry I don't have much advice for you.

  5. Muffina

    Muffina New Member

    My baby wouldn't latch in the beginning so I pumped exclusively for like the first three weeks. Then she started to latch and my god the pain was so intense. I think it lasted at least two weeks, where every time she latched on I would yelp in pain and my nipples constantly hurt when anything touched them. Even the shower hurt. It finally just stopped and I haven't felt any pain since. I never had bleeding or cracked nipples, just the searing pain.

  6. eve07

    eve07 New Member

    have you tried giving her a pacifier between feedings? i think the soothie brand are supposed to be really similar to your nipple.

  7. Lily_Blossom

    Lily_Blossom New Member

    Yes, she takes a pacifier for her Daddy, but when I am with her during the day.... she only wants my breast.

    The lactation consultant in the hospital said Lily Mae is a natural born breast feeder, and that her latch is perfect. I dunno...I guess I will have to tough it out.


  8. Bear

    Bear New Member

    Hey Tiff,

    How long between feeds is Lily Mae lasting? I ask this because I made a huge mistake with my first son and fed him constantly and he ended up having a belly ache constantly. My midwife (and lactation consultant and child maternal health nurse) told me that there should be 3-3.5 hours between feeds for breastfeeding mothers, otherwise they will end up with what she described as eating christmas dinner all the time and having a belly ache because the milk is so rich. So, she said, for example, if I feed at 9.00am, then the next feed should be at 12.00 - 12.30pm. Worked like a charm for me!

    Also, rubbing breastmilk on your nipple works well. If that doesn't work, try a commercial brand of cream like Lasinoh. If that doesn't work, go to the doctor and make sure you haven't got mastitis or pimples on your nipple that may need antibiotics to fix.

    Are you engorged? That is freaking painful and makes it harder to feed, and it also makes it hurt when you try to feed too. If engorged, express a little, just until you feel better.

    Breastfeeding is hard at first, but for some it does get easier...if in doubt, go see a lactation counsellor and they will help you to get it right if they notice something not quite right.

    Oh, and Lily Mae might be smelling your milk and therefore wants it all the time. Try wearing a jumper that your hubby has worn for a day or two - that has his smell on it - it masks the smell of your milk and Lily Mae will hopefully not then root for the breast and may make settling easier.

    Gosh, hope this helped some...sorry about the novel - Rhys is my second son so it all came natural to me this time after "experimenting" with Grant!

    Lotsa love and best wishes.


  9. rylee mack

    rylee mack New Member

    Hey Tiff. It will be painful at times, whether she's latching well or not. Kenadi had a textbook latch and my lactation consultant said the same as yours, but it still hurt sometimes. Use Lansinoh (lanolin) nipple cream after each feed. Also, you may think she is getting enough and want to pull her off, but actually it sometimes takes young babies awhile to get the milk out because 1)it takes a minute for your milk to let down and 2) newborns are very sleepy! A combination of those two things sometimes cause babies to linger on the boob for quite awhile! Just stick with it...I think all of us in the Jan/Feb thread have gone through it and all of us stuck with it, with the exception of a few who couldn't due to production or something.

    Honestly, whether she's getting enough or not, you should let her eat when she acts hungry. It's much easier to UNDERfeed a baby than to overfeed. But you can try different the hospital they used a pacifier and put a few drops of sugar water on the end and thats the only way Kenadi would take it. It also might help to stick the nipple of the pacifier in warm water for a bit to warm it...she will be less likely to notice its a pacifier because it will be warm like your nipple [​IMG] Good luck!

  10. claire

    claire New Member

    Hey Tiff,
    Aaron is constantly looking to feed whenever i hold him, and i do mean CONSTANT! I have been feeding him on demand as they tell you to do since birth, but now I have become wise to the fact hes comfort sucking. Theres nothing wrong in that at times, but it was getting so daft. So now I have started to get a little strict about feed timings etc, and i do let him cry for a while. He really does settle himself after about 10 mins, its the hardest thing in the world to let him cry, but it really works.
    Also, with making him go longer between feeds my sore nipples are no longer sore, and hes also sleeping better from it. I reckon like tan says, he had a belly ache from constant feeding. Also, if hes snacking hes only getting the fore milk, not the milk that actually fills him up. The past 2 nights hes slept through the night, and that all co-incides with me being a little more strict with feed timings.
    The sore nipples will ease, really they will. Try not to tense up when you go to latch her on, thats what i was doing as i anticipated the pain, but it made things worse.
    Hope you are well apart from the nipples!!

  11. Regina_1

    Regina_1 New Member

    Hey Tiff! I do remember the pain, and every once in a blue moon they hurt barely again...but what I used was Lasinoh Lanolin Cream and it really helped! I know what you mean though, cuz Thane did the same thing and would eat for like an hour every hour and a half!!! It does hurt, but I promise you it will get better. Just keep it up!! Don't get discouraged because this too shall pass [​IMG] Good luck!!!!

  12. wyme

    wyme Active Member


    Most of the LC's in the hospital aren't certified, and don't know the nuances that make the difference between a good latch and a bad latch... You might consider being checked out if you have an IBCLC in your area.

    If you are having that much pain, one of two things is going on... thrush, or incorrect latch.

    When you are latching her on, start out lining up your nipple to her NOSE, so that she has to reach up and out, and then make sure she has plenty of areola in her mouth like it sounds like you are. If she's tucking her chin a bit, instead of reaching up, it doesn't allow for movement of her lower jaw, and she will be chewing, which will make you sore. Think of biting an apple... if you old the apple in line with your nose then reach up and bite, you can get a nice big bite. If you hold it in line with your chin or mouth, you can't move your lower jaw as much and at best can just knaw a little bit. Same principle.

    Thrush is usually a piercing pain right when they latch on that gets better after a minute or two.

    Good luck! And lanisoh is a great thing!

  13. wyme

    wyme Active Member

    ....don't mean to say that hospital LC's aren't caring and very, very helpful, just that sometimes, we need a "specialist"...

  14. Lily_Blossom

    Lily_Blossom New Member

    Thank you everyone!! Things have gotten a bit better. I think because she was jaundice, she was really sleepy on the days when she should have been taking more advantage of my milk coming in. Things have improved a bit, and I am using the breast cream and it is helping A LOT.

    She is going about 2.5 - 3 hours between feeds now. I am also just using one breast per feeding, so she gets more hind milk, and it has been working better. I guess its just trial and error!

    She has her nights and days mixed up now though!!! LOL.

  15. JoanieD

    JoanieD New Member

    I agree Bryony BF does hurt at first correct latch or not and if you do happen to crack it will continue to hurt until they heal.

    I am glad you are doing better Tiff. When Kylie was a newborn she liked to be attached all the time too. It got better after a couple of days. I found for my sore nips that silicone gel pads called Soothies (a little spendy) really helped a lot along with the lanolin like lansinoh. I hope it continues to get better!!


  16. Lily_Blossom

    Lily_Blossom New Member

    I will look into the soothies, just the name sounds great! LOL.


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