I tried nursing Landon today for the first time in days, since the wounds on my nipples are finally healing (read why I had to take a break from breastfeeding here), but after 10 seconds I regretted it.
Once he latches on, he slides down the nipple, which has never before been an issue, but now that means that after only a few gulps of milk the wounds opened again.
The poor thing, I had to take him off immediately, and he was so upset! He so wanted to nurse and had only gotten such a little taste!
I felt terrible, but if we are ever to have him nurse again successfully, those wounds need to be totally healed.
For days, I had been putting creams on the wounds, keeping them moist, and only in the last few days I got wise to the fact that the cuts are healing so much better when I keep them dry.
I had used some non-stick pads to make sure my bra would not get stuck to the wounds (which happened in the first few days and was so painful!), but they didn’t let air to the wounds and kept them moist all the time.
And you know what I’m now using on the dry wounds? My trusted Nivea cream from Germany I grew up with.
It helps the healing process without making the wound moist. I’m hoping we will be up and running again, at least on one breast, in a few days…
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