baby pulling on nipple, caused damage
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|Sun, 05-23-2010 - 7:06am|
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.