Topic: Bleeding nipple...help!

So I've been pumping 8 times a day on the recommendation of the NICU. My right nipple has been dry so I've been using motherlove nipple cream. Today on my last pump I noticed two small blood blisters. One ruptured while pumping. I threw out the milk from that pump.

What am I supposed to do??? How do I keep the supply up for that side and heal the nipple at the same time?

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Re: Bleeding nipple...help!

You may just have to pump and dump until it heals. I took a herb while I was trying to up my supply but my pregnancy brain at moment is hindering that! I know someone will know! Lol! That may help with keeping supply on a heavier amount to so that its not straining you so bad. If that makes since?!
I used a cream like Lanilin? on my nips to and that was awesome! Again someone will help there too! Geeez!  I feel like I'm no help! Lol! Good luck to you!

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Re: Bleeding nipple...help!

Can you ask them to send a lactation consultant your way? When R was in the NICU here, I had the lactation consultants come by a few times to help me out, it was the one good part about having to be there.

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Re: Bleeding nipple...help!

For swift healing, I put breastmilk on my nipples and let them air dry and hang out as much as possible. Then, once dry, I put on coconut oil (I think I once mentioned I used shea butter, but in fact it was coconut oil because it spreads better on sore nipples) or use what cream you are using. Those nurses are not going to bat an eye if you are letting your breasts air out and heal in your daughters room.

Sorry, I don't have experience with the bumps. Please keep asking lactation consultants until it is resolved. I hope Goobie comes on here for you.  smile

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Re: Bleeding nipple...help!

Lansinoh or Medela nipple cream always works best for me.  Or plain old coconut oil (wipe off before pumping for your preemie).  The tho0ught might turn YOUR stomach, but a few drops of blood in the bottle will not turn Bailey's, it is entirely safe for her to drink what has been pumped from that side anyway.  Tun your suction down for a few days, let that nipple hang out in the air (get some sunshine on it too if you can) and after pumping express a drop or two and rub that milk into your nipple then let it air dry.  Make sure you never have a damp nursing pad on that side.  It will heal, I promise!

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Re: Bleeding nipple...help!

Thanks ladies. I do have a call into our lactation deprtment at the hospital. I'm not sure if they are here today.

Cycle 6 was my lucky cycle! BFP!!!
EDD 12/13/2013
It's identical TWINS! They're GIRLS!
7/20/2013 Sweet Baby A lost her battle with IUGR.
8/26/2013 Feisty Baby B was born via emergency CSection 16 weeks premature

Re: Bleeding nipple...help!

After the blister popped it filled up with milk. It did quit bleeding. Lactation said that it should heal pretty quickly but to use soothies and to exfoliate the nipple in the shower. Probably more info than you all need but that nipple was inverted until in started pumping. She said that is likely why that nipple got blisters. That skin is not used to the outside world.

Cycle 6 was my lucky cycle! BFP!!!
EDD 12/13/2013
It's identical TWINS! They're GIRLS!
7/20/2013 Sweet Baby A lost her battle with IUGR.
8/26/2013 Feisty Baby B was born via emergency CSection 16 weeks premature

Re: Bleeding nipple...help!

Glad to hear its getting better!  If the milk blister does not pop with exfoliating, you can pop it with a sterile needle.  It SOUNDS painful, but really is not.  Personally, I could never exfoliate the buggers away (I'm prone to milk blisters), they can suck!

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