Breastfeeding Experts!!

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This is my second, and I breastfed my first for 14 months.

From day 4-14 with him, I cried every latch. His latch was confirmed to be perfect by 3 separate LCs, but my nipples just weren’t ready lol. He didn’t have any ties either. My nipples bled/scabbed/cracked and felt so bruised. I would bite a towel, cry and whimper.

With this baby, I’m obviously going to breastfeed but I am so nervous about that early pain again.

*****My question is, has anyone used lanolin BEFORE baby is born to “prepare” your nipples? Did it help or hinder?