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Have you ever had your sore nipples while breasting, if yes how would you rate the pain?<br>
0 - no problem<br>
1 - brought a whimmper<br>
2 - said "Ow"<br>
3 - brought a tear<br>
4 - started to cry<br>
5 - cried<br>
6 - really cried<br>
7 - almost had to stop<br>
8 - had to stop<br>
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at first i had them to the point i cringed but by 2weeks post partum they were fine... its just that as a newborn they still have to learn to nurse correctly<br><br>
now hes 17months with lots of teeth and sometimes the get "tickled" to the point I have to ask him to stop so I can take a breather, LOL<br>
(tickled as in he is using a lazy latch and just brushing the nipple)<br><br>
ok I changed my vote to a 1, LOL, as a newborn it hurt but its hard to remember back then and I cant remember any pain but I remember having a scab and using lanolin once or twice
 

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So far (dd is 6 mos) I've never experienced any pain nursing.<br><br>
Oh and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> welcome to MDC.
 

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i would say 5. i had never-ending thrush with my son. ouch!!!! it was bad. gotta love that gentian violet though! other than that, nothing major.
 

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I would say 5 too. I had a huge crater in my nipple at the start from latch problems. It didn't heal until almost 3 months. The pain was definately a 5 for the first few weeks though.<br><br>
I have to say that it was totally worth it! I want to nurse my ds forever! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Well, ya know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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i would say 6.5 at the worst, but we're now down to a steady 2 as of about 10 days pp.<br><br>
i was cracked and bleeding on both sides, with what looks like a chunk missing out of the right hand side. i considered pumping & feeding to give my boobs a break, but then the left side started to heal, and an LC gave me a nipple shield for the right side. after a week of that, my right nipple is looking much better (minus the missing bit) and i'm about ready to start weaning him from the nipple shield (we already nurse w/out it on the left). now it pretty much just hurts at latch on when he draws my nipples out... or if his latch on wasn't too expert... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
i was bawling at pretty much every feed until i got the nipple shield... now not once since. he's starting gaining weight at a better rate and nursings are much more calm and pleasant for us and we get more sleep at night.
 

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I had thrush when ds2 was a month old. OUCH! I remember thinking that if it had been my first, I would have been really discouraged and considered stopping. It was horrible. I nursed ds1 until he weaned himself and never had any pain.
 

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5. We had thrush also, and it was right at the beginning when my DS was 3weeks old. The LC told me my nipple soreness was due to a bad latch. His latch was fine. A few weeks later, I was still dealing with the pain, and I saw another LC who diagnosed us with thrush. After 3 different medications, the gentian violet cleared it up, and it's been pain-free ever since! I am so glad I was so determined to feed my son my breastmilk and stuck with it.
 

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I am surprised how often thrush goes undiagnosed.<br>
I went to LLL and they told me ds2 had a bad latch, even though I had been nursing ds1 for 3 years and through my pregnancy. The baby had no signs of thrush, except for a diaper rash, and I had never heard of painful nipples due to thrush.<br>
My midwife took one look and recognized it right away. Gentian violet worked for us too.<br>
Anyone who has pain should suspect thrush!!!! even if baby has no signs.
 

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I would say 8. We had thrush 3-4 times and I used a nipple shield for 3 months. Transitioning without was incredibly painful to the point that it felt like labor again. Also had mastititis 3 times due to stress and I think the nipple shield. We have overcome some difficulties and now she feeds like a champ. It was all worth it but I can see how others would give up if not so determined.
 

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I would have to say 6 or 7ish. I am glad I kept going, I just thought it was normal, because everyone told me it would hurt really bad for the first 8 weeks or so. Turns out they meant slight discomfort, but I had unbearable pain from thrush, lacerations on my nipples, and a bad latch all at once. I would say Mastitis hurts more when not nursing, though, than nursing. I also have gotten that several times. I would say that normal nursing for me is still at about a 2.
 
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