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Registered: 12-31-1969
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:27pm

 I have been pumping since my daughter was about a month old, exclusively pumping since she was about two months. She is now nine months and I have a ginormous freezer stash saved and have been weaning myself. I am currently down to two pumps, one in the morning, one before bed. Now that I am down to only these two, it hurts so bad to pump! My nipples are severely dry and cracked. I am even to the point of decreasing the pump suction (whatever you call it!). I have not had this problem at all since I have been pumping until now. I am still using the lanolin, like I always have. I would think that since I am doing it less it would not be doing this. I would like to continue the two pumps until mid-September or even October, her first birthday, if I continue to get enough to be worth it. Is this normal?! Any remedies to help? I am in a lot of pain! 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2012
In reply to:
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 9:48am

Have you tried to put olive oil in the horns?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2012
In reply to: sugadi
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 11:06pm

Yes it is safe for the baby. I´ve been doing that for 6 months with no problem... (I read it on this board)

You can also try putting lanolin in your nipples

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-16-2012
In reply to: hildazz
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 11:32pm

I would check with a doctor. It sounds more like skin problem then damage from pumping.

what are you use for washing (body/pumping parts)? if you changed something in your washing routine recentrly it might be the reason.