Breastfeeding was very rocky for us in the beginning- DS was taken away from me immediately after birth, and I wasn't allowed to see him for several hours. He lost a TON of weight in hospital (we were there for a week, with him in the NICU- I pumped and syringe fed him the whole time, as he would not latch), and in the week after we were released- he lost over 12% of his birth weight and didn't start regaining until 3 weeks old. After working with an LC at home (the hospital provided ones were terrible!) I finally got him latching. Thankfully, our family doctor was not worried, told me not to supplement with formula under any circumstance, and to just keep him on the breast as much as he wanted and things would work out. And they did! At 11 weeks, DS weighs 13.6 pounds, and loves to nurse.
HOWEVER! Mama is not loving it so much... in the beginning, his latch was truly awful, and he did some damage to my left nipple, which is still not healed, 11 weeks later. I have the Newman's All-Purpose nipple cream, and use it a lot and use gel pads sometimes. There is a pretty deep hole/crack that just won't heal and it makes nursing SO painful on the left side. The left just so happens to be his favorite side, of course.
Can I use Neosporin or something? Will washing off the nipple get all traces of it, so baby doesn't ingest it? Should I only pump on that side for a while? I want to take care of this so badly, because were it not for the pain on the left side, feeding him would be so blissful now. Thanks for any advice you can give.