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Also, are you doing HERBAL baths? There are many herbs that help your body to heal and help to soothe the pain. I had a labial tear with my second, then hemorraged ten days post partum. They had to do a (quite vigorous) D&C (I was awake because I have issues with general anethesia and I wanted to be around to nurse my baby post surg.), and tore my stitches out. IT WAS SOOOOO painful! But, pretty amazingly, the tear was healed completely within a week or so. I used herbal baths. You would also be wise to use some arnica, as it helps with swelling/bruising...it really can't hurt to try!
The ibuprofin is FINE, it doesn't cross the milk barrier. The baby doesn't get any. You are more likely to heal more quickly when you are feeling less pain, too. Also, ice packs can help with the pain.
Lastly, I too have heard that some midwives use honey to help wounds heal. I actually have a friend who is a bee keeper, and read an article that she sent me recently from a beekeeper magazine that talked about doctors in Great Britain using honey not only to heal general wounds, but using it on people who have wounds that just WOULD NOT heal otherwise, such as people with diabetes and leg wounds that were festering, and burn victims,and people with flesh eating bacteria. It is actually pretty darned cool! I wouldn't go get stuff from the grocery store, though, because that is pasturized, and all the "good" stuff is cooked out. I would seek out a local bee keeper with raw stuff.
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!