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Old 07-22-05, 11:40 AM
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Unhappy Consulted Lactation Nurse... soreness & possible bleeding

Last night I was wincing the minute Alyssa latched on but didn't think anything of it. I know stupid move. I went and pumped because I was full and Alyssa was still sleeping. I noticed after I was done that my nipple was burning and looked like it was bleeding. Thankfully, I had some breastmilk pumped and in the freezer. I don't have a lot but had enough to get me through the night. I called the lactation nurse and I'm waiting for her to give me a call back. I can pump because I can change the speed and suction but it still hurts afterwards. I put lanioln on it to see that would help at all and I didn't sleep with a bra on. I don't think it's mastitis but I've never had it before and from what I've been reading it doesn't match it. I donno. I hope she calls back soon. I'm afraid I'm gonna run outta EBM and then I donno what I'll do. Yes, I worry too much lol.

Oh and on another note. When Alyssa ate last night (her first bottle) she ate like a champ and slept for 7 hrs.
Now it makes me wonder if I'm not giving her enough when she nurses. She nurses till she falls asleep and spits it out. I guess I just worry too much. I'm gonna ask the nurse when she calls.

I apologize for the annoyance of all my nursing posts. I didn't have anything like this when I was nursing Breona. The only thing I battled w/ her was thrush.
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Old 07-22-05, 11:47 AM
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well, i know that maybe if alyssa has been nursing very often and yer nipples are not used to it, that that could cause irritation. i know that my nipples were sore fer a while when i started nursing emily, and just healed eventually on their own. i hope that that is all yer problem is and that it goes away soon, becuz it is painful, i know!!!
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Old 07-22-05, 11:50 AM
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IT could be one of two things.. .from the sound of it.

A. Thrush. Ash when I had thrush, they were sore red, and just plain hurt. Then the shooting pains started, then the obvious thrush symptoms.

B. Bad Latch. Since you have been nursing for a month though and the sudden onset of problems I don't think it is this.

Hopefully the nurse will ahve some better advice.
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Old 07-22-05, 12:10 PM
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From what I understand, even if you had an infection (or thrush) you still need to nurse.

If it's an infection, nursing actually draws out the infection and it doesn't hurt the baby.

If it's thrush, chances are, the baby has it too so you both need to be taking the thrush combatants at the same time.

When I nursed DD, she had a terrible latch and I winced/withdrew my body, because it hurt so so so bad when ever she'd latch on. Man it hurt!
It never drew blood, but it might as well have.
Eventually, she got a better latch and my nipples toughened up, so that went away.
But I do recall crying as she would latch on (once latched, it didn't really hurt).

Keep nursing.
Her sleeping might have been a coincidence with the bottle.
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Old 07-22-05, 12:26 PM
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It could certainly be a bad/lazy latch. I thought we had it all sorted and then DD got lazy and I got cracked and bleeding nipples.
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