I've been bit, In horrible pain. Help!

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Registered: 10-06-2006
I've been bit, In horrible pain. Help!
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Wed, 12-30-2009 - 4:26pm

DD got her bottom teeth in and kept biting me. I mean biting at least once during every feeding. Well on Christmas Eve she got me good. I was in horrible pain, almost crying. Since then, my wound has been seeping which then gets stuck to my shirt and of course hurts like hell to get unstuck. I have honestly never ever been in this much pain in my life (Yes, Ever). When she nurses my whole body tenses up and i cant help but grit my teeth for the first couple minutes, only after it becomes numb from pain can i relax a bit. It is only on my one side, i have been trying to hold her off from eating on the wounded side but i cant just quit since i dont want to lose my supply, and i dont own a pump (and dont want to pump). I dont have insurance right now or i would be at the doctor. I have been putting A&D ointment on it but it hasnt really been helping with much except the sticking to my shirt.

I dont know how long this is going to take to heal but i also dont know how much more I can take. Did i mention this is on her favorite side??







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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 12-31-2009 - 1:54am

NAK

Would suggest making and using some All Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO). The APNO will help speed healing and hopefully keep thrush away.

you can make your own APNO with recipe from our former CL Paula:

"make your own OTC APNO cream, using hydrocortisone, lotrimin and polysporin. We used a 1/8 measuring spoon from a dollar store measuring spoon set, and took equal squirts of each and put into small sealable container. Blended well (with toothpick) and applied this after each nursing. This "recipe" was giving to my dd by an LC friend and it worked wonders. It does NOT need to be washed off - if you see any ointment remaining next nursing or pumping time, just wipe it away with damp cloth."

Don't forget to take ibuprofen yourself for pain - it is safe for BF moms.

Also do saline rinses and follow other nipple healing tips here: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/nipplehealing.html

Tips here to prevent biting: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/biting.html

Follow up with questions and let us know how you are doing. Hang in there mama!



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Registered: 07-25-2006
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 7:48pm
How are you doing, mama?

 

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Registered: 03-22-2005
Mon, 01-04-2010 - 1:11pm

I just came to the board to post the same thing, except in my case, I can't nurse her on that side at all right now.

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Registered: 10-06-2006
Mon, 01-04-2010 - 6:15pm

Thanks everyone for asking. I have been really busy lately, sorry for the delayed update...although i didnt really have any change until recently! Jamie, definitely know what you mean about the pain. I was curling up in a ball while trying to nurse...for a week and it did get worse before it got better, and looked worse. There were now 2 raw areas. I tried the saline solution after every nursing session and after 2 feedings/soakings (soaked my nipple for about a minute) it started feeling a TINY bit better...but better is better. I also kept it out of my shirt a lot more so it could get direct air...plus i was no longer unsticking it from my shirt. It happened on Christmas Eve, almost 2 weeks later, it still hurts really bad. Now instead of cringing the whole session, its only for the first minute or less.

I was thinking this morning, how long can i do this??? It is better, but certainly not comfortable (at least not at first). How long is long enough? I guess I will just have to wait and see, i wanted to nurse for at least a year, i really dont want to cut down to just one side...especially on her least favorite side! But I may have to if this doesnt end soon. It is just too much. I am definitely going to keep it up for another couple weeks, and ill see what happens from there







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Registered: 07-25-2006
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 8:40am

Hi mama-


Sorry for a late reply...your post sounds much more like thrush. Have you considered that? http://www.kellymom.com/newman/c-candida_protocol.html


Please see an IBCLC immediately to start treatment and keep us posted!

 

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Registered: 07-25-2006
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 8:42am
Did you try the APNO, yet? Sorry, I can't remember. Any improvement since your last post?

 

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Registered: 03-22-2005
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 1:47pm

Chelsea ~ I feel much the same way.

IMG_2170-2-1.jpg picture by jamie_1022

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Registered: 10-06-2006
Sat, 01-09-2010 - 1:43am

I havent tried the nipple ointment yet, only because it seems to be getting better...and i didnt have any of those things on hand - and we are so short on money i didnt want to use it on that. But it sounds like I really should...and it feels like it too.

Tomorrow I will call the hospital I delivered at to see what I need to do about a LC, where to go, how much they cost, no insurance. What is the difference between a regular LC and an IBCLC? Somewhere special i should look for one of those? I dont have any ideas. The only time I have worked with one was in the hospital (DD sucker her tongue so we had a very rough start) and I went to a support group one time. Both things were free so I have no idea about it.

Anyway, I will be looking into it, I have had a bandaid on my nipple all night since it keeps sticking and it actually feels better with one on. Maybe I will be able to get some major help ASAP. Tonight I was considering weaning...but I started crying and knew it just isnt our time. I need to work through this just like we have worked through all of our other hurdles. I dont want to give up...I can do this...it is just soo hard







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Registered: 07-25-2006
Sat, 01-09-2010 - 11:16am

You can use generics to save a bit of money: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppbreastfeed/?msg=116749.2


Virtually anyone can can call herself an 'LC'. The IBCLC (Intl Board Certified LC) is a long and involved process. There are certainly some very good 'regular' LCs. If money is an issue, have you looked into your LLL? Many leaders/members have extensive training.


Please get someone to look at it, mama!

 

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Sat, 01-09-2010 - 11:56am

I don't know how the whole insurance thing works and if LCs are charged against maternal or children's insurance, so this may be a ridiculous suggestion ...


BUT ...


in my state, all children are eligible for health insurance, and I think most states have a program to insure babies and children.

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