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What to do about sore nipple while breastfeeding twins?
I have twins and one nipple is very sore, I can hardly stand to nurse on it for the first few minutes. Both bbies some time wnat to nurse at the same time. They are 4 days old. What is the best thing to do?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
ask your doctor for treatment remedies. Stick it our, they will get sore even more, but then within the week, they will toughen up, and it will be wonderful.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
First of all, don't stop nursing! It will only compound your problem. Then make sure you have some lanolin on before you nurse. You do NOT need to clean it off to nurse. Next, call either a lactation consultant at your hospital, or call your local La Leche League leader. The lactation consultant can be reached by calling the hospital directory, and the LLL leader can be locatred either in the phone book or by visiting the LLL website and searching for one in your area. Either of them will be able to help evaluate what is going on to cause the soreness. A LLL leader will be able to make a home or hospital visit, and can bring any pamphlets or handouts you need. A lactation consultant has an office you will need to go to.
Nipple soreness is common, but not normal if it is more than just a bit uncomfortable. Most new moms wince for a few days to a couple of weeks when latching on, but the feeling soon subsides (within seconds of latch-on) if it is simply an issue of getting "thoughened up." However, if your nipple is inflamed (very red and painful even when not nursing, or you have pain throughout feedings) this needs attention. And it is always best to get help fast, before the problem becomes a bad habbit.
Almost all sore nipples are caused by poor latch. I'm sure you've had many people talk to you about proper latching, but if you have not, you definitely would benefit from professional assistance. A lactation consultant or LLL leader both will have extensinve knowledge and experience with this and many other breastfeeding issues, and are invaluable when tackling a problem. Either of them can evaluate your latch with both babies, and see if it is a quick positioning fix, or maybe if something a bit more involved needs to be done. For instance, I had to do tongue excercises with my third child for a few days to help her draw her tongue out of her mouth enough to not make me sore. It was easy, and my LLL leader was very supportive without being overbearing :)
Sorry my response was so long, but I hope it helps. Congratulations on your new little ones, and good for you for breastfeeding them! It will be wonderful, just hang in there!Source(s): Any breastfeeding book by Jack Newman, or published by La Leche League International, and books by the Sears' are good, too.
- 1 decade ago
I had this same problem the first couple of weeks breastfeeding. I don't think my poor little nipples were used to so much attention! But it goes away after a while and then you can hardly feel the baby nursing!
Try to adjust the position of the baby that is nursing on the sore breast to achieve the best latch-on possible that hurts the least.
The best thing to do, though, is to not get frustrated because a baby can 'sense' distress and may cause him/her to stress as well. Drink a large glass of your favorite drink while nursing and just try to relax...it gets better I swear!
Hope this helps and congratulations on the twins!
- momma2mingbuLv 71 decade ago
Use Lansinoh on your nipples. You can buy it at Walmart and most drug stores, Babies R Us, etc.
Have a Lactation Consultant or La Leche League Leader check your latch to make sure both babies are latching on correctly, as if they do it wrong it could cause soreness. A LLL Leader will help you for FREE and may be willing to visit a mom of newborn twins at home!
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- EvelynLv 45 years ago
Most hospitals have a lactation consultant. Out here they are free at the hospital you delivered at. Anyway, this would be the best way to make sure they are latching on properly. Try to get them on different feeding schedules. That way you can devote full attention to them learning to latch on. One about 10 min after the other is a great idea. Also, if you have tried the Lansinoh, there are gel pads that stick on to soothe you. This worked when I started bleeding
- 1 decade ago
With my oldest my left nipple was blistered, then cracked, peeled and bled. Everytime she latched on, I gritted my teeth and I took it. All the breast ointments, (like Lanisoh) and creams didn't work for me. My lactation consultant said that the best thing would be to express a little bit of milk out after the baby eats off of that side and rub it on your nipple and let it dry. Breastmilk has antibodies and it will heal your breast faster than over the counter stuff on the market. Hope this helps!
- 1 decade ago
You have the following choices: either let one baby nurse on the least sore breast as long as it wants then the seond on the same breast for a couple of minutes then switch to the sore breast.
or start the first on the least sore breast then switch to the sore breast and start second on least sore. If second is still hungry then switche breasts
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Try pumping the sore breast until it heals enough for you to breastfeed on it again. If your nipple continues to disintegrate, it can start bleeding, and your baby will end up ingesting your blood. That, or it can become infected and you can pass the infection to your baby.