i would express from that side if you can? [my dd bit me oce and even expressing was ouchy,get some nipple cream , there is a good spray wich heals in no time but i dont know the name! someone will though , ps this would be the sort of accident i would have
i think i would let it heal. with ds2 i ended up after about 12 months feeding almost exclusively from my left side, we both seemed to prefer it. No ill effects and after about a year of this we stopped. both boobs the same size now - i dont have one round my knees or anything. So do whats comfy.
Ouch! you poor thing. I would still recommend keep putting something like Lansinoh or vaseline on so you do the 'moist' healing thing rather than dry healing. Moist healing takes a bit longer in first instance but less time in the long run because there's less chance of it scabbing over and scab coming off and having to start again...
maybe take up to a day or two to heal I reckon... You could probably use other side a bit more without too much problem - it will even out again when it's healed... I'd do one feed in three from the sore side?
When expressing with B I once pulled the breastpump off without releasing the suction properly and the rubber seal that goes around the nipple was still attached to me, with half of my nipple out of the front of it, my nipple had expanded on the front though so I couldn't just pull it off, I tried, lots, to no avail. Every time I pulled it it cut my nipple a little bit more, I was like this -----> In the end I had to get a stanleyknife and cut through the rubber verycarefully. I didn't feed on that side for about 3 days and when I was healed I fed on it more to get my supply back up. Could you try using a nipple shield on that side?
And OH MY GOD!!!! at you and your stanley knife - jeeeeesus. I am wincing reading that.
Wilf, the lesson here is certainly not to get the razor out while still half asleep I should know that... It's just that DP leaves for work very early so I either jump in before he goes, or take DS in the bathroom, and as he is now cruising that seems like a Bad Idea
I've found my Lansinoh so at least I'll get my tenners worth. Feeling engorged already though. Might this encourage DS with solids more if he is not getting as much from me? His keen-ness is very up and down.
Thanks Effie, I will try and do that in the night, my concern is the bleeding, partly, though I think I have read on here that it's ok if blood mixes in with the milk as that's how it's made in the first place.
Sorry, I am tired, that doesn't make any sense.
I am so so angry with myself, imagining engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis, and the end of breastfeeding over something so stupid
I wonder if this is payback for a 'good run' of nearly 9 months without any problems (emotional issues, strikes and teething aside!!! but physically...)
hey now, it doesn't have to be the end of bf anyway... even if you do get a blocked duct you can ease it without it being mastitis...
Is it healing at all yet? Is there any minor improvement? You sound like you're in an 'all or nothing' mood but there are lots of stages in between with healing nipples, whatever the cause... A little bit better is a start, isn't it?
I'd suggest some ibuprofen, lots more lansinoh, feeding on the other side and seeing if you can hand express a bit (maybe in a warm bath will be easier?)
Maybe it will be a bit improved tomorrow morning but don't imagine the worst: your body can pick up again easily. I've had all kinds of interruptions to feeding from nursing strikes with this baby (including a few days of hardly feeding at all) and I went back again to fully feeding.
Thanks Wilf, you are right, I was a bit dramatic - I've had mastitis but didn't take anti-b's and it was horrible... just dreading it again.
I was so fed up last night because I tried to feed on that side again and it just bled everywhere and stung like nothing else.
So I put on a nursing bra practically lined with lansinoh and went to bed, only fed from the other side in the night, and -touch wood- it's a lot better! Still bloody sore but I fed DS and didn't bleed so that's progress.
Stupid stupid me. Going to have some more ibuprofen and a cup of tea