After successfully breastfed my first child exclusively for 10 months, I thought I am going to have a smooth sailing when the second one came. But God has other plans for me. With my second I kept getting sore and bleeding nipples every other day, and she is 3 months old, not a newborn.
I know the first rule of breastfeeding is a good latch, and she seems to have it. I was dumbfounded at first as to why she kept giving me bleeding nipples when she has a good latch, until I noticed one day that she ‘bite’ me when she was falling asleep. Then I remembered that I always noticed my painful breasts during showers in the morning.
So how do I get her to stop biting at night when I myself was asleep while nursing? Ok, that calls for another post but for now I want to share how I (warning : I am not a doctor or a lactation consultant) a mother of a 3 month old cured my bleeding nipple in a day.
1. I DO NOT nurse the baby on the bleeding breast. I know it is completely safe to nurse on that side but how can you heal it fast enough when it is inside the baby’s mouth? It is like rubbing on an open wound every 4-6 hours (if you nurse only 1 side per feeding).
2. I DO NOT use the PUMP. Pumping milk on a bleeding nipple is, well, bloody. The pump not only suck your milk but also your open wound that produces blood, never a good sight and it will not help in healing.
3. Instead, I learn (on my own) how to HAND EXPRESS my milk on the affected side. I use the marmet technique I found on the internet. I was surprised that I can produce as much, although slightly less, amount as when using the pump. Plus it is free!
4. Put some milk on the wound after expressing milk. I guess every nursing mother knows this, so this is just a reminder.
There you are, the 4 things I did to heal my bleeding nipple, and best of all you don’t need to buy anything! 🙂 Basically I leave the nipples alone and it healed itself in 24 hours. The biggest change was I learned how to hand express, it takes practice but it is not hard either. Hope I help someone with this post. 🙂 Happy breastfeeding month to all!