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Hi- My dd is 16.5 months old and nursing strong. I have had many bites from her, some that have bled and hurt for a couple days-but would go away after a couple days.<br><br>
Over 2 weeks ago dd was sitting across my lap, clamped down tight and pulled off- it hurt SO badly. Well here I am, over 2 weeks later and the top of my nipple has a pretty deep sore still, and is red and inflammed around the edge of it (it does not seem infected at this point). I am almost in tears when she latches on. The problem is that her teeth just happen to rest on that spot when she is nursing, which irritates it even more. I have tried positioning her so that the open spot is at the side of her mouth, and that does help, but I also have to keep her pulled in really close and she tends to like to pull back some- which kills.<br><br>
Anyway- I have tried lanolin after every nursing for the past 3 or 4 days and I don't think it is really helping. The pain and the cut does not seem to be getting better. I am finding myself resisting to nurse her on that side (especially at night b/c it hurts way too badly to nurse lying down- I have to sit up and I am so not used to that during the night, lol) so I am also worried about my supply on that side as well. I am nursing her the same amount on that side during the day, but maybe only once at night- and she is a pretty constant nurser. I haven't brought the pump out yet- don't know if I should just be pumping that side and nursing on the other. I haven't had to pump since she was a newborn and really don't want to have to go that route.<br><br>
So- my question is- is there anything else I can put on that spot to help it heal quicker? I just can't believe how sore it still is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> The advice from my mom is maybe I should just wean her (no way).<br><br>
Thanks so much!
 

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Don't know if this will help or not....but, I had a similar problem when DD was new. I had open sores on both sides. So, I can relate to the pain and not really wanting to nurse on that side. What worked for us was using a nipple shield until I was healed up enough to where I could handle the pain. The nipple shield was the only way I felt like I could make it through that time. I also ended up with an infection, so keep an eye on it if it doesn't start to get better soon. After 8 weeks DD transitioned to no nipple shield without a problem. I hope you find a solution that works for you.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I think I have a nipple shield somewhere, but I am not sure she will latch on to it. Worth a try, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It sounds to me like it might be infected. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> the redness and pain seem like signs of that. I would put some polysporin on it when you know she's not going to be nursing too much (like a busy outing or something). Try not to use that side for the day and apply the poly a few times. When you're ready (or needing!) to nurse on that side wipe the polysporin off and nurse. I think if you do that for a couple of days, the healing will speed up.<br>
Good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> It sounds painful Mama.
 
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