Posted by: Donna | 2009/08/20



I battled to breastfeed our son, my nipples kept tearing,cracking and bleeding, he just wouldn' t latch properly and so i started to express every feed then bottle feed him but this got quite tiring and i stopped giving him breast milk at 3 months old and went over to formula. We recently found out he had a severe tongue-tie, which we have now had cut by a ENT. My son is now 4.5 months old am i able to try breastfeed him again? Is there something i could take to bring my milk back in or should i just stick to the fomula? Will breastfeeding be a better benefit to him? I have him on Nan HA 1.

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You have really struggled tp breastfeed your baby,to the extent that you were in pain and had bleeding nipples.It would be best to continue feeding your baby on NAN HA1.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009/08/24

Shame, it seems you had a really tough time. There are only two things that cause cracked nipples. The common one is poor latching and the rarer one, is the one you experienced - a baby with a tongue tie.

Although there has been a break in breastfeeding, with professional help, you probably can try again. You should contact the la leche league for help or you should contact an IBCLC - international board certified lactation consultant.

Well done for persevering through what must have been a very painful experience for you. Cracked nipples aren' t a normal part of breastfeeding - if nipples crack it is an indication of a problem.

Good luck, I hope you get the help you need and can continue to breastfeed without all the pain you experienced.

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