baby pulling on nipple, caused damage

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Registered: 09-15-2006
baby pulling on nipple, caused damage
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Sun, 05-23-2010 - 7:06am

Hi Ladies,
My DS is almost 7 month old. Several months ago he started to really pull on my nipple with his mouth and also uses his hands to push against me. When he does this, it causes his mouth to slide down and he no longer has a wide latch. During the day, I normally stop him and relatch after this, but if it didn't hurt I wouldn't. At night, I am so tired, I got in a bad habit of just letting him nurse with this poor latch. Fortunately, I have a huge supply and it hasn't been an issue (he is gaining way more than average, as he is already over 22lbs).

I now have an issue that my left nipple has developed what looks like a deep crack and was bleeding. I decided to take him off that left breast completely and will only pump that side and offer it in a bottle instead.

I'm out in the country and over 30 minutes away from a LC. I'd really appreciate any help you can offer on getting him to stop tugging on my nipple and also on what to do to get this deep crack to heal quickly.

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 9:00am

Ouch!! First, let's work on getting that nipple healed. Here's a link with lots of good info on steps you can take to promote nipple healing: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/nipplehealing.html.


Do you think he's doing this because of the large supply, to slow the flow of milk a bit? If so, would it be worth trying block feeding? Have you done that already?


If you don't think the oversupply is part of the issue, then I'd suggest just being really picky about latch and relatching when he starts to push and slide down.


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Registered: 09-15-2006
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 10:00am

Thank you so much....I will certainly be doing everything kelly suggests.

Interestingly, I've had 2 clugged ducts (in the same spot) on the same side as this damaged nipple. I do think the flow/supply is much greater on that side. Before the damage occurred, I could tell Ryan preferred to nurse on this side (he always nursed longer on it). Now he's started this push and tug thing that is very hard to manage. I also have a 2.5 year old DD, so I hate to drag out a nursing session by relatching him 100 times. However, now that I've been injured, I just can't allow him to do this anymore. I hope a few sessions of relatching and taking him off when he does this will "teach" him to not do it anymore.

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