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Old 07-05-2011, 09:02 PM   #1
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How long to heal cracked nipples?

So I just had baby #3 and I wasn't paying close enough attention to his latch in his first 24 hours so now I have cracked nipples. I can't remember how long does it take to heal after you've corrected latch, started using lanolin, letting nipples air dry, etc.?

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Old 07-05-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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Re: How long to heal cracked nipples?

I use coconut oil instead of lanolin (but I'm also prone to thrush), but I find that if I tough it out and just let baby nurse on one side for most of the day (at least half), I've healed significantly enough on the other to switch (and let the other heal). Usually it takes me 1-2 days for both to be back to normal.
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Re: How long to heal cracked nipples?

I'm hoping to heal quick since it's pretty sore right now
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Re: How long to heal cracked nipples?

You may want to give coconut oil a shot. Because it gets absorbed and doesn't "coat" the nipple like lanolin, you may have to apply it a few more times, but it lets the skin breath and also nourishes it at the same time. Coconut oil has wonderful healing properties!
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Re: How long to heal cracked nipples?

thx, i think we're on the mend. I'm still sore, but i think it's a little less
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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Re: How long to heal cracked nipples?

It took me a few days. I expressed a little milk after nursing, let that air dry and applied lanolin. Within a day it hurt less - only at latch. And after a few days it was pretty much good to go.
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Re: How long to heal cracked nipples?

Today is much better, I'm encouraged that it won't be long and I'll be better.
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