lots is coming back from my bad experience w/ Josh, and we are doing fairly well but she still has a latch that needs to be tweaked so I have a litte pain (but nothign like w #1)
Ok, for air drying those sore nipples... when you cant just walk around with your shirt off
Use a styrofoam cup as a shield, cut off the bottom so it is open and then adjust the height to what works for you. Edited to add, I wear a sleep bra to keep it on.
It holds your shirt away from the nipple, yet allows the air to flow.
And would make madonna's cone breasts jealous
Warning you might leak a little from the pressure, but the breast milk is probably good as that is so good for healing too
(Yes, make sure you use breast milk on your nipples to help heal them, and before and after nursing... I always did this and then applied any nipple apno, cream or lansinoh/lanolin)
The other tada solution I thought of today was to use the Avent bottle caps that can be used for bottles or bottle storage (a flat plastic piece pops in where the nipple goes).
I didn't have any cups I could cut and I snagged those, popped off the middle and walked aroudn with those on. I can't stand having my shirt or my son or Rebecca against me so I need a shirt as a barrier. I leaked a little, and leaked a little less when I turned them around. That way the flat part distributes the pressure a little bit better.
Some leaking... and this may or may not work depending on breast/nipple size, but may be worth a try.
Hope that makes sense.
Just make sure you remember you are wearing them. I am amused to say that I saw my neighbor and went out to tell him we had the baby- and about 25 minutes later after I got inside realized that I had had them on. I also had leaky milk stains on my shirt, which I could care less about... but the obviious odd shapes protruding from my currently huge breasts were probably quite freaky... even most people familiar with bf'ing may find it quite strange, dh's going to find it amusing, I'm sure (my breast shields and my fumble).
Off to nap...
(Stylin breastfeeding momma)
Jessica.. Falling in love all over again..... Dh, Joshua Rebeccaand . for Laura