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Old 04-10-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Extremely painful nipples! Pregnant and breastfeeding

Hey everyone. I hope this is the right place to post this...

I am 14 weeks pregnant and breastfeeding my dd who is 13 months old. She is nursing anywhere from 3-6 times during the day and that many times at night. My nipples are killing me! It's getting worse and worse. It's completely unbearable while she is nursing. I thought the pain would start to go away after the first trimester?!? They hurt even when she isn't nursing!! I dread every time she asks to nurse. Is there anything that I can do?!? I'm dieing here!

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Old 04-10-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Re: Extremely painful nipples! Pregnant and breastfeeding

I had the same issue when my LO first began nursing. It was because she was not latching on correctly. I was told to help her latch on right to place my nipple just below her lower lip to make her open wide to latch on. If she didn't do it right, I would detach her and try again until her mouth was open wide while she nursed. She finally got it down and things have been great since. There are two products from Medela that I used and really helped. When she isn't nursing to get relief from your clothes hurting you they make a breast shell and then while your nursing they make a contact nipple shield. This is actually what really helped my LO with her latch. It was a life saver for me too!! Hope this helps. You rock for continuing to nurse thru the pain!!!
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The same thing happened to me. I think it's hormonal so there's not a lot that you can do. When I fully weaned at 21 months I was 7 months pregnant and it still hurt AND veered creeped me out. :/
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:20 PM   #4
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Have you read "Adventures in Tandem Nursing?" There's a few suggestions there (hydration, good latch, etc).

I personally found that the less milk there was, the harder my babies sucked, which=more pain. I also found that the further I got in my pregnancy, the less elastic my nipples were. It was almost like they were trying to revert back into my body ("pre" breastfeeding in appearance). Perhaps they're trying to make themselves smaller for the new baby?

2 things that helped me:
1- Alfalfa. I take about 12 tabs a day. This helps boost my supply. It isn't 100% back to normal, but there is more there. That means less aggressive nursing. You could also try More Milk Two (by Motherlove). This product worked well for us, but turns out I was allergic to one of the ingredients. Alfalfa alone (one of the active ingredients) is better than nothing.
2- Pulling my nipple before latching my baby. It is incredibly uncomfortable, but I would rather be in control of the stretching, than have my baby latch, suck hard, and make me want to cry. I also do a light breast massage before latching to help stimulate let down.

My LO is 16 months old and I am now 23 weeks pregnant. This is my 3rd time nursing during pregnancy and likely will be my 2nd time tandem nursing (I had 1 miscarriage). Tandem nursing and nursing during pregnancy isn't necessarily easy or for the faint of heart. When all else fails, I have written down a list of why I am still nursing when it is uncomfortable. Having that to fall back on on bad days REALLY helps.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #5
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I have started adventures in tandem nursing but haven't finished. It talked a small amount about nipple pain but no advice. She actually said her pain went away!! I was hoping that would happen to me.
Dd has a good latch, but yes I can see that she's sucking harder to try and get all the milk. Right now she nurses from both sides and drinks what's there for each nursing session. I am going to try the alfalfa.
I am not going to wean her but this pain is crazy. Worse then when we started, worse then thrush... It hurts!!!!
Sorry I know I'm whining..
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Re: Extremely painful nipples! Pregnant and breastfeeding

I think it's very, very common. But nipple tenderness does subside a bit in the second and early third trimester, in my experience.

I had to really make sure my DD had the very best possible latch with no incidental tooth rubbing. I positioned her so that she had to look up a bit to latch on and asked her to stick out her tongue just before latching, too. I must have read those tips in a book or on Kellymom.

Also, during my pregnancy I reduced the number of nursing sessions we had to 3 or 4, instead of many, many more. My DD was already nightweaned by that point, and then her nursing sessions were first thing in the morning, before nap, sometimes after her nap, and right before bed. That felt much more manageable to me. And it didn't cause her to wean, because she's still an avid nurser now--just 2 or 3 sessions a day.
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