The memory of the nipple agony still makes my toes curl. Of course it makes sense if you think about it, ‘Why won’t that graze on your knee heel?’ ‘oh that’s because you’re rubbing it along the pavement every 10 minutes and opening the wound… AGAIN’
Newborns feed an insane amount, I mean they shit as you feed them that’s how quick they digest the breast milk – always thought it was a little ungrateful if you ask me but hey!
The nipple agony came again with number 2 but it was a familiar pain at least and I knew it would come to an end.
For some reason (maybe the natural delivery vs C-section) my milk coming in after Poppy was brutal, she just couldn’t keep up, the boobs were rocks and I had milk up to my neck!
Then the dreaded mastitis came and I thought I was dying. “Your pulse is over 120” the GP said. “Are you getting any chest pains as you have a 40% increased chance of blood clotting on the lung after giving birth ”
Err is that a chest pain I now feel, is it, is it?? I was a mess. A wreck. A shivering weeping mess in the midst of baby blues with a blazing fever, banging head, screaming newborn and still a small fear of a blood clot on the lung. Oh but at least I was distracted from the nipple agony. For 48 hours anyway.
The antibiotics did the trick and I was back on my feet after that. But it was brutal, the burning, bruisy, itchy boob. Like it’s not enough that you’ve just pushed an actual human out of your vag, come on nature do me a favour! The nipple pain did end a lot quicker second time round but it’s up there on my list of reasons not to have a third child!
Oh, why did I write this post? It doesn’t offer any advice or tips it’s just to simply say nipple pain and other breastfeeding ailments are shit and unfair but they do come to an end.
Hopefully my rambling has made you feel a bit better if you’re going through similar difficulties. I have added some practical tips on how to manage nipple pain and mastitis below. Oh and I found dipping the nips in a salt water bath helped healing a little. Good luck!