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Doctor insights on: Healing Nipple Scabs Breastfeeding

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Hi doc, I just want to ask if it is safe to use as a treatment (salicylic acid) in treating ringworm on the top of nipple, im in breastfeeding my baby?

Hi doc, I just want to ask if it is safe to use as a treatment (salicylic acid) in treating ringworm on the top of nipple, im in breastfeeding my baby?

Salicyclic acid/baby: The trouble with salycylic acid on a breast with tinea infection is that the aspirin essentially can be ingested by the baby (though small quantities) and this could cause a bit of prolongation in baby's bleeding time....probably not really an issue unless the baby has some type of abnormality in bleeding or clotting mechanisms...check with OB/GYN on wisdome of this methodology. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding, my baby is six months old and I've noticed that, my right nipple has been very painful for a few days now(a stinging and burning s?

Hold nursing rt side: Till better, sounds like an inflamed nipple, can try OTC antibiotic cream and hydrocortisone cream 1%, warm or cold compresses would help too, if not better in a day or two, see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

Relaxation: Your body is producing the necessary hormones during pregnancy to prepare you for breastfeeding. The most important thing is to relax and not stress about it. Teaching your baby the correct latch, breastfeeding early on (in delivery room if possible!) and breastfeeding frequenty (10-12 times daily) in the first couple of days will best prepare your breasts successful breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Why do nipples itch while breastfeeding?

Why do nipples itch while breastfeeding?

Different things: It could be dermatitis or yeast from staying wet much of the time. You can air dry them between feedings or use nipple shields that keep them from direct contact with wet clothing. You can find those at a breastfeeding supply store. You can put lotrimin (clotrimazole) af cream on them 3 times a day for a week to clear up yeast. You just wipe off any excess before feeding, but don't worry about a small amount. ...Read more

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Are cracked nipples within breastfeeding normal?

Are cracked nipples within breastfeeding normal?

Common : Unfortunately, cracked nipples are very common while breastfeeding. There are several over the counter preparations available to help and many experts recommend cabbage leaves for this. The Laleache League is a great resource for help with this and all issues related to breast feeding. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What would cause my nipple to crack? Not breastfeeding

Depends: Nipple tenderness or skin changes may be caused by: -bacterial or fungal infections -dry skin in the areolar region (the darker area surrounding the nipple) of the breast -injury to or friction over the nipple area -certain diseases such as paget's disease i would go and get checked out by a doctor to find out what is the cause of your nipple cracking. ...Read more

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What can I do if my nipples crack and bleed while breastfeeding?

Get help: There are several ways you can fix this, but the one thing not to do is to just wait and hope it will get better. A lactation consultant or nurse or doctor can help. If you are sore and cracked, it will cause you pain and put you are risk for infection! try allowing the nipple to air dry with some breast milk on them after feeds and review the baby's latch on position carefully. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I stop breastfeeding until my cracked, scabbed nipples heal?

Should I stop breastfeeding until my cracked, scabbed nipples heal?

No: I would try to increase the spacing between feeding somewhat, be sure the latch is good, and put something like lanolin on your breasts. ...Read more

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Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more