please, please consider B6!
Originally Posted by blastomom
Oh, BTW, I am newly pg w/#2, but this all started a few weeks before I concieved. Needless to say, this pain, coupled with the regular pg boob soreness just about have me at my wit's end.
I could have written your post! I had your same symptoms: older nursling, cracked nipple, would scab over. Terrible pain!! I got it about two months before I became pregnant, and it seemed a little better for a few days (we were on vacation, and DS hardly nursed). It just wouldn't heal. I tried soothies, going without a bra, lanolin, nystatin, you *name* it. I was at my wit's end, too.
Let me give you my secret weapon. I am taking B6 (50 mg). I did a little research and determined that women who are slightly deficient in B6 can have more nipple troubles because they need the B6 to promote the "building blocks" of strong nipple tissue.
After taking it for just a few days, I already started to feel so much better. And I think that even though there was tons of pain, this has been a valuable lesson for me because the B6 is going to help my body grow this baby that I am pregnant with. I had terrible nausea with DS#1, and I wonder if I haven't been kind of borderline deficient all along (4 or more years).
Like you, I really never had any breastfeeding issues before this, and I literally tried *everything*. I saw a lactation consultant and a midwife, and the LC thought it was that my milk was naturally decreasing so DS was sucking harder (he's 3) and that his strong suck was damaging the tissue. Her suggestion was to limit nursing. The midwife thought a yeast infection. I mean, I supplement with large amounts of lactobacillus acidophilus, plus I have a diet low in sugar, so I didn't think so, but what else could it be?
About this time, I found a website that discussed B6 deficiency and nipple problems. It was so hard to find anything that related to a "pro" breastfeeder and not a beginner, you know? And prenatals and multis only have about 6 mg of B6, so you wouldn't normally be covered there. I think that 100 mg of B6 is kind of the generally accepted upper limit in a day.
So, I really recommend it for you. Additionally, I am not having really any morning sickness this time. (I am 6 weeks). Just a little queasiness when I don't eat every couple of hours. I was ragingly nauseous with DS. :Puke
I really hope this helps you. I was so bad off I thought I was going to have to wean DS, which was making me depressed! I am so happy now that I know that weaning is going to be DS's choice.