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Hi,<br><br>
I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and if they have what they did to help it.<br><br>
I have been exclusively pumping now for 8 months (my daughter never really took to latching) anyway in month 7 of my pumping I started to end up with cracked nipples. I work at a maternity ward at a hospital, so I was able to talk with the lactation nurses there. They thought it was yeast but it wasn't. I have been using lanolin, and now because of all this I've switched to this organic stuff. Could it be that my breast is just tired of being pumped? I haven't done anything different since I started. I am just really worried about ending up with masitis for a 3rd time. I have a goal to go for a year because I think it's real important for her to have breastmilk for a year. I have 4 months left, is there anything else I can try?
 

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Am not an expert, but could be your pumping technique has caused the problem (and therefore it could be fixed). More about that here:<br><br><a href="http://www.babycenter.com/0_cracked-or-bleeding-nipples_8493.bc" target="_blank">http://www.babycenter.com/0_cracked-...ipples_8493.bc</a><br><br>
Do you have an LaLecheLeague or other support groups?
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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First of all, congratulations for pumping for so long - well done,<br><br>
Sometimes if a pump has a too strong pump action it can do nipple damage, is there any way you can get a different top of the grade pumps a Medela Symphony or Ameda Lactaline come to mind which may suit you better. Could you take a few days off sick to get back into working order, (pardon the pun) it may stress or something along those lines too. Also it may be of interest to you, and this is just a suggestion, but you may be able to get your baby back to the breast if you would like which could also help with the healing of your nipples, you may want to look at <a href="http://www.biologicalnurturing.com" target="_blank">www.biologicalnurturing.com</a> just for some information.
 
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