11 month old nursling, 18 weeks pregnant, EXCRUTIATING nipples.

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Registered: 03-21-2005
11 month old nursling, 18 weeks pregnant, EXCRUTIATING nipples.
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Sat, 11-12-2011 - 4:38pm

How common is this?! I have such sensitive, painful nipples with this pregnancy! [#5] I have only had this with my first [a gril] and not at all with my next 3 pregnancies [all boys] even while nursing #2 while pregnant with #3 until #2 was 10 months. I don't know if it's just hormonal or in combo with nursing but any breeze or cold chill or draft will send me into tears. I need a heated bra!! It takes so long to go away and happens several times a day - even just out of the blue while indoors. There are no signs of thrush or cracked nipples or anything else. It's getting to the point where I want to wean the baby because it hurts so badly - but I don't want to wean him yet!

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Registered: 04-13-2008

When you say you need a heated bra, it made me wonder if it is Reynaud's syndrome. Read these and see what you think. There are treatements.

http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/nipple-blanching.html

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/113/4/e360.full

Also, the breasts and nipples can be more sensitive while pregnant. Also, your supply could be dipping a bit by this point, and your baby may be suckling harder than before.

Teresa

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Registered: 03-21-2005
Hmm, never heard of that before. I suppose it's possible, but weird it would be happening this entire pregnancy so far but not my previous 3 and only part of my first. It's definitely not a latch issue, or thrush. I don't have any whitening/blanching but yes, I can sort of relate it to brainfreeze - it comes on quickly, lasts a few minutes, then goes away.

I am trying to make more of an effort to not get cold. But we live in North Dakota and I'm naturally ALWAYS cold. I may try putting some wool pads or something in my bra, that may help. Sometimes it is worse right after nursing.

However, I won't talk to my doctor about it just yet. I don't really want to quit nursing and she told me 2 months ago to stop nursing my son. This would just fuel her argument even more.

Thanks for you input and links - I appreciate it.
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Raynaud's was the first thing that popped into my head as well.
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