Breastfeeding: Tips on Healing Wounds On Nipples

by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 27, 2009

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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…

Check out breastfeeding resources and tips on my Breastfeeding page.

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Sandy Gillis February 28, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Wow, it’s been 16 years since I breast fed but the pain of cracked nipples came right back as I read your blog. I always loved Neosporin for its antibacterial healing qualities. Nivea and Eucerin are tops, too. Nivea makes a great little tin, like a WW2 Army ration — be sure to get the one in the traditional blue packaging. The white plastic “tin” isn’t nearly as emolient. The small size is good for purse or travel.


Firefly February 27, 2009 at 10:51 PM

I love Nivea, have been using it for a long time. I remember back in Europe my Mom had it all the time :)

So glad you stopped by my blog :) and I hope everything works out with the breastfeeding,and that you feel better :) hugs, and hope you’ll visit again!


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