Join Date: Oct 2002
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Barging in from the Sept ddc.. I had the same issues with my dd, #2. A lactation consultant (my SIL) gave me these hydrogel patches for my nipples. They can be reused and cooled in the fridge, and oh they felt so good! They promote healing by keeping the tissue moist. I also had to pump off about 2 oz before a feeding to soften by breasts so she could get a better latch. Another thing I did was wear the shields in my bra. This allowed milk to flow out when it was overflowing and allowed my nipples to air dry. I did not use the lanolin or the hydrogels during those times. I rotated which ever felt better. After things leveled out, I reduced the pumping time so that my supply would slow down too. It was a fine balance.
There are some herbal teas that can help reduce engorgement, but can't recall them. One thing that worked for me was the cabbage leaves like pp mentioned, and Altoids peppermints. Mint can reduce your supply, so I ate a box a day. At least my breath smelled good! Lastly, but most important, I would recommend a LC or a LLL leader. The support they offer makes a world of difference, especially if you are as in much pain as I was! One other thing I did, that I would do only under the advice of a LC, is to stop breastfeeding for 24 hours and pump then give a bottle of breastmilk. This sounds drastic and could lead to nipple confusion, but it allowed my nipples time to heal so I could nurse without narcotics! Good luck to you, and by writing this post I realize now what I need to get on hand before baby #3 makes her appearance. Gotta go find where I stored those shields!