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How to heal sore, cracked or blistered nipples.

My nipples are red, sore and cracked, what do I do? Does this sound like you? If yes, then you know latching a baby onto a scabbed, cracked or blistered nipple is like receiving a strong electrical shock. It’s toe curling, teeth clenching pain that can make you want to give up breastfeeding. We’ve been there and felt that and we’re here to tell you there’s hope - Hope to heal your nipples and hope to feed pain free for as long as you’d like to breastfeed your baby. As always, we recommend consulting a Lactation Consultant who can help recognize and diagnose any underlying problems (Some of which we will touch on here) that may be causing sore nipples. What...

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Customer Review of the Back to Mom Bite Guard

-- Guest Post By Trinity F.-- My third baby was eight-months-old when I first noticed his top teeth coming in. I was immediately nervous because I had unpleasant memories of trying to nurse my second baby when her top teeth came in. Even though she wouldn’t bite me, the simple movement of her nursing pressed her sharp teeth against me so much that they cut me every time I tried to feed her. Within a few days I was having the same problem with my son with cuts on my nipples that got deeper with each feed. A friend told me about a product called the Back to Mom Natural Connection and breastfeeding bite guard. I decided to give them a...

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When to Wean Baby Off Nipple Shields!

  For whatever reason you began using a nipple shield, one of the most asked questions is how do I get my baby off the nipple shields? Most the time the answer is, as soon as possible. The longer you use nipple shields with your baby, the harder it is and longer it takes to wean them off. Of course, it depends on why you started using a nipple shield in the first place. There are however a few reasons to hold off on weaning your baby off the nipple shied: If your baby is a preemie and is still to small to latch properly without the shield then continuing to use the shield is necessary. The same goes if...

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You Might Need a Nipple Shield If...

Nipple shields are a great tool that get a bad rep sometimes. Ultimately, they are a lifesaver for many moms who would otherwise not be able to continue their breastfeeding journey. Nipple shields are a clear silicone device that goes over your nipple on your breast and provides an artificial nipple for baby to latch onto. It also acts as a barrier between your baby’s mouth and your nipple. Whatever the reason a nipple shield is needed, we always recommend consulting a lactation consultant before using it if possible. It’s also important to know that there is no shame in needing a nipple shield. It does not mean you failed; it does not mean there is something wrong with you....

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Nipple Shield Dos and Don'ts

Whatever your reason for using a nipple shield, the goal is always the same – To extend or give you the ability to breastfeed baby without having to introduce formula. If you’re new to the idea of using a nipple shield or struggling in some way, we’re glad you found Back to Mom. We’d like to share some simple Do’s and Don’ts: Dos: Work with a lactation consultant so they can show you how to properly latch baby on the shield. A poor latch on the shield can re-enforce suckling problems or poor latching problems and even make them worse. Monitor your baby to make sure they are getting enough milk by tracking wet and soiled diapers. Make sure you...

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