sore nipples breastfeeding twins

by gramma

My daughter is breastfeeding twins (one at a time at this point)

--She is having a terrible time with pain--sore, painful nipples--
She is working hard to get them to latch properly .
The babies are 4 weeks now --and are both gaining well (both over 7 lbs now) so we know they are getting lots of milk. They were 6lbs 7oz and 5lbs 11oz at birth den are now 7lbs 5oz and 7-2.

She is just having so much pain and is getting very overwhelmed and frustrated and exhausted trying to train them to latch better.

She has gone to the lactation clinic and also has the midwife dropping in to help ---
Any suggestions?

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Apr 29, 2012
problem sore nipples
by: Tracy

Hi Gramma! ;-)

That's wonderful that she is still hanging in there, nowadays so many moms do not even consider breastfeeding with twins, she should be very proud of herself.

I cannot say exactly what the problem is, because i would need more details and personal one on one time with her while she is breastfeeding but, there are some pages that you and her can read that I'm sure will help. You could maybe print them out for her.

First off here is the page on latching on...

Then there are several things that could be causing nipple pain, the following pages will help her identify which she is struggling with, and possible solutions...

Then finally some general tips on breastfeeding twins...

I hope this helps, please let me know how things go, i would love to hear from you again.

Apr 29, 2012
thank you
by: Gramma

Thank you so much for your help --I will share all this with my daughter--

May 05, 2012
by: Anonymous

my daughter and the twins (4weeks old now) had a visit at Jack Newman's clinic in Toronto.
Great visit --one of the twin's was tongue tied which had been clipped before but they clipped a little more.
They gave lots of good instruction and encouragement...however she is still having lots of nipple soreness..
She is using a good lanolin cream and Ibuprofen..

Both babies are growing well --2+lbs in four weeks.

Do you think it is just a matter of getting through this until her nipples heal and toughen up?

Dec 06, 2014
sore nipples and milk blisters
by: Anonymous

I don't have twins but with both of my girls(4yrs apart) I got what they call blebs or milk blisters.

With my first, they looked like water blisters and they were prominent. With my second they were only visable when she was nursing.

After awhile they turned brown over the top. The color isn't much different from the normal pink color. I noticed because it is extremely painful almost to the point of crying everyone she latched on.

I had to pick the brown off which concealed a milk plug. After I took the brown offs, I latched her on to completely clear the plug.

See if your daughter notices the same thing. Taking a warm wash cloth and massaging her breasts before she feeds them.

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