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How Should Nipple Look After Correct Breastfeeding Latch
It's embryology: All humans start off as essentially female in the womb no matter what your chromosome arrangement is. After several weeks, if you have a Y chromosome, testosterone kicks in and it changes the chemistry in the genitals and the brain. But the nipples are already there...so they stay. ...Read more
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
Yes: Try lanolin! it is natural and safe for your breast feeding baby. It works well for healing cracked nipples (and it also works well for sucking blisters on your baby's mouth as well!) some moms also like aquaphor- which is a vasoline like ointment that is safe to use as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely...: There's lots of blood flow to nipples, so they should be able to heal. A dermatologist may be able to help prescribe a treatment that will held the traumatized area to recover. ...Read more
It can be: Inverted nipples can make it difficult for the baby to latch properly. A good lactation consultant cand show you some things that might help. Many moms find the easiest way to get the all important breastmilk to the infant is to pump and then feed from a bottle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No-surgery v surgery: There are a variety of approaches for treating inverted nipples beginning with a nipple aspirator or nipplette device proceeding to nipple piercing and then to duct preserving techniques and lastly to duct transection. These are listed in increasing order of severity the last procedure most likely to compromise the ability of lactate and nurse. ...Read more
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Soreness of nipples: how old are you? do your nipples hurt during your menstrual period? are you able to express anything from your nipples? A warm compress or moist tea bags over each nipple for 10 minutes - 3 Times per day should provide some relief. even though you're not pregnant and not breast-feeding, there may be some colostrum produced by your breasts and ducts can get clogged and be painful. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes inverted nipples will evert with breastfeeding, but sometimes not. If your baby is exclusively breastfeeding and growing well after 4 months, you are doing very well. Sometimes using a breast pump can help. You may also find it useful to consult a lactation consultant in your area. ...Read more
No: They will probably always stay that way - it's just your shape, and completely normal. ...Read more
It has been eleven years since I stopped breastfeeding. Is it okay to still have milky liquid come from nipples?
Since becoming pregnant, my nipples have turned much darker. Will this keep me from breastfeeding? Is this normal?
This is normal: Darkening of the nipples and surrounding area called the areola is completely normal in pregnancy. A dark line (the linea nigra) may also appear down the middle of the belly. The color change in pregnancy is more dramatic in darker skinned people. This is all normal and will not affect breastfeeding in any way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Well stop feeding on: That side - or use a breast pump to get mild gently. But need to discuss this with your ob/gyn. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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