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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Do NOT read if you don't want to hear about nursing and nipples

So, this entry is about nursing and nipples. AND the reason I am posting this is because it might just help some of you out there who are in the some situation I have just come out of. Remember how I WAS potty training? Well, that has changed. I had to quit because I couldn't focus on anything else but this.
A couple of weeks ago I started to have REALLY sore nipples from nursing. It was only one nipple but it got so bad I would cringe every time Micah latched on. I then realized that it was cracked. So, for a day I pumped on that side and nursed on the other. I also contacted a good friend who is a nurse and she told me everything to do so I could heal faster. It started getting better. And just as it was tolerable again to nurse my other nipple cracked...AND THEN soon after BOTH nipples were cracked. I have officially cried about this almost everyday. I have done everything I know to do. I called my friend who is a nurse, I called the lactation consultants at the hospital, I looked online..etc. I will NOT quit nursing so if I have to suffer through it that is what I was going to do. It got so bad though that when he latched on it was instantaneous(sp?) tears flowing! I continued to pray and pray and pray. My doctor called in some cream that has helped tremendously but it wasn't helping with the latching on part. Finally, I read online and was suggested by a friend to use a nipple shield. One person wrote how her nipples were bleeding and the nipple shield was a lifesaver. It was my last resort. So, yesterday, I went to target and bought one for a whoppin $6.99. Guess what?! It has changed my life! Ha ha! Not really, but I can't feel a thing. Micah nurses so great with it and my nipples have gotten so much better! I cannot even believe that I didn't go buy one of these 2 weeks ago.
I do not have thrush or mastistis(sp?). Just cracked nipples that started to bleed they were so bad. Please, if you are reading this and you have the same problem GO BUY a Medela Nipple Shield. It is so worth it!
Ok, I do not want anyone's opinion on how I should or should not do this. Micah has been taking a bottle almost every day since he was three weeks old. So, I am pretty sure we are past nipple confusion. And you know what? I was in so much pain that it doesn't matter. If I can nurse and this is how I have to do it right now, I would much rather do it this way then quit nursing. I did not have these problems at all with Parker. It has been one day since I have been using the shield and I literally feel like a different person. I had started dreading every time I had to nurse, which made me so sad. Because nursing is such a special time.
I will start nursing without the shield when I feel like I am completely better. And I will reposition Micah until it doesn't hurt me to nurse. And, I will begin potty training again. But, not sure when.

Sorry for the detailed post...I just want to help out anyone else who is having this problem. Although, I really pray that no one else is having this problem. It is AWFUL!


Kristy said...

You poor thing! That is awful! I am glad you have found a solution! I would do the same thing as you...if I could get to the point of having enough milk!:o)

sarah said...

Lindsay...I was looking at Kimberly and Wade's blog and ran across yours...I just ran across your post!! Girl!!! I had the same problem...its awful....I would get up to feed Caroline for the middle of the night feeding, Jonathan would bring me the baby and I would start crying even before she started...then when she started I would cry more and beg Jonathan to pray out loud...then I sometimes would say a just word...it was bad....nipple shields ROCK!! I eneded up having to use them for a really long time....dont tell the lactation consultants....mine thought I was a sissy and made me feel bad about it...but isnt the goal for the baby to get mothers milk no matter what??? congrats on the little boy!! I am expecting a little boy in July!!! You look great...your family is precious!!!

Jules said...

I always had to use a shield. From day one...that's the only way Judah would latch on. I loved it and btw...don't pump too much or you'll prob. be in more pain with cracked nips. I feel your pain girl!

KelleyGreen said...

Ugh! So sorry you had to go through that, but I'm happy you found a solution! I say...do whatever you can do to make it work for you. Who cares what anyone thinks as long as you are doing what's best for you and your family! Miss ya :)