All the advice I’ve read says they’re going to toughen up (Which sounds…lovely. Leather nipples) and the pain will go away but right now I’m considering just cutting them off. And I don’t want to hear any advice like “oh you just need to work on your latch”. Do you know how many times I’ve worked on my latch in the last week? A zillion. I counted. My nipple shield helps because it keeps Baby Evan from chewing the end off. My nipple shield does NOT help because then he swallows a ton of air and throws up everything he just ate. So then he wants to eat more. And my nipples cry.

Luckily, I found these cooling gel pads suggested online and picked some up at Babies R Us. I highly recommend them. And by “highly recommend” I mean I will cut you if you try to take them away from me.

7 Responses to “OUCH”

  1. FourInchHeels says:

    A friend (and I imagine every woman who’s had a child gnawing on her boobs) had the same problem and the doctor suggested she close her blinds and go topless for a few days. In addition to everything else, exposing her nipples to the air helped them to toughen up. She said it helped, and I’m sure E would appreciate the show :)

  2. afteriris says:

    I second the ‘air is good’ advice although this did lead to some amusing room spraying incidents. My couch still smells like a dairy.

    I think it’s partly that your nipples toughen up, but partly that your baby just gets much more efficient. Also their mouths get bigger. I remember being really worried when I first had Ava that my ginormous boob was going to suffocate her, her head looked so teeny in comparison.

  3. candace says:

    I wish you would have told me.. I have 2 unopend packs of soothies I got free from the hospital. I know breastfeeding can be hard but it does get better I promise.. I thought the same thing when I started with Aubreigh. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  4. candace says:

    One more thing to help with the soreness. After he feeds take a drop of breast milk and rub it on your whole nipple and let them air dry. this will help heal the soreness. Hope this helps.

  5. Other Erin says:

    I might stop reading your blog until Baby E is old enough to say “I love you mommy” or make you a macaroni picture for your birthday. Because until I get some of those stories, this is pretty much putting me off having kids. My nipples hurt just reading that last post.

  6. I’m with Erin. I’m feeling sympathy nipple pain! But the topless suggestion sounds like it could make for interesting blog fodder. Not that I’m saying you do that just for our entertainment or anything. Your health and comfort comes first, of course!

  7. sarrible says:

    I bet Jan and Brutus will LOVE that.

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