my baby is now 6 days old and my nipples are cracked and have scabs. the pain is just inital, it doesn't last the feeding. This is the second time I have nursed a baby. (nursed my second until he was about 2). I realized a few days ago that I started out nursing like I remember nursing. I didn't think about nursing a "newborn". He has always had a good latch, I just don't think I paid attention to HOW he was latching on. Now I'm not a big fan of "breastfeeding isn't supposed to hurt at ALL". I think in the begining for most moms (that I know personally anyway), your boobs do get sore. I was prepared for soreness, but not this. I do know that this excessive pain is my fault, b/c I wasn't as careful in the begining.
But when will it get better? I have used lanolin since birth, starting yesterday I used the salt water thing from the kellymom website, I have used breastmilk on my nipples, and then used more lanolin. I even cut holes in a shirt, and wore it all day yesterday so they could get more air. I thought it was getting better until this morning I have fresh scabs.
He nursed really well last night, had a great latch, etc. Now granted he nursed from 8:00 until 12:00 one side to the other, then 2:00, 4:00, 6:00. Could that have anything to do with it? Someone please tell me yes. lol I really think I'm doing everything correctly, and just want for there to be an ending in sight.
I'm a little confused on letting the nipples get air, and putting lanolin on them. Those don't seem like they go together.
So my pressing questions;
how soon will these scabs heal?
could it be worse from constantly feeding (like the 4 hour cluster)?
let them get lots of air or use lanolin and wear a bra?
Thanks so much for any/all help