Nipple Shields?

(32 Posts)
Pumble Tue 04-Dec-12 17:56:51

I am just after a bit of advice of anybody can help, please?

My DD2 is 12 days old and initially caused a really nasty crack to my left breast, which hasn't healed at all and is really awful now. Whenever she latches on on this side, the pain is absolute agony and I have tears in my eyes, want to scream and really struggle to cope. Last night I was in so much pain, I asked my DH to go and buy some formula, even though, deep down I want to continue breast feeding (he didn't go). Once she is latched and the initial 45 - 60 seconds has passed, the pain goes away.

I saw the midwife today and she suggested that I try nipple shields to try to allow the crack (calling it a crack seems silly given the size of it!) to heal and then go back to feeding without once it has healed. I know nothing about nipple shields and am worried that if I use them, it will somehow stop my DD2 feeding properly or go off breast feeding. If anybody has any experience of nipple shields or any other ideas of how to help the nipple to heal, I would be so, so grateful - I'm not sure how many more feeds I can cope with like this.

Thank you!

lrb1982 Sat 08-Dec-12 00:02:06

Hi it sounds like you're having exactly the same experience I had with DS2. Crying at every feed through pain & crying with dread before each feed. Avent nipple shields were my last resort as I was about ti give up. But from the first feed with them it felt like a weight had been lifted as f feeding was almost pain free. I used them on my left side only for 4 weeks then stopped using them and haven't needed them since then. Ds2 is 11wks and bf is finally easy and pain free. Embrace the nipple shield & good luck.

P.s. I also had a lot of help with my latch so get that checked as much as you can, I got my hv to come back every few days for two wks to make sure we hadnt picked up bad habits.

Pumble Sat 08-Dec-12 11:14:37

So in my zombie like state I got my latch wrong on my good side last night so that now has a big, bloody crack on it.... Don't know how I'm going to feed on it today. Chickened out so far and done expressed milk in a cup which is so hard when all she's doing us trying to root hmm

Have you not got the shields yet?

Pumble Fri 14-Dec-12 04:38:27

As I sit here feeding from my bad side having not screamed during the feed I just wanted to thank you all for your advice. It's so wonderful to be properly enjoying bf my DD2 without the terror I was feeling. I'm not completely healed due to a very bad case of mastitis but getting there grin.

AndBingoWasHisNameOh Fri 14-Dec-12 13:48:51

Great news. are you using the shields?

Pumble Fri 14-Dec-12 14:24:29

Yes, using the shields and had a bf counsellor visit which has made a big difference too. She's going to come back when all completely healed to help me come off the shields too.

Its amazing how much more positive I feel about everything because feeding is so much better! grin

AndBingoWasHisNameOh Fri 14-Dec-12 16:04:22

That is fabulous Pumble

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