I also had a friend buy me soothies (gel pads) and I have had some relief from them. I did get a couple tiny cracks on the nipples from poor latch ons, but I have been using the Medela tender lanolin care cream and also using my own breast milk to help heal them.
Have any of you mom's ever had your nipples bleed? What did you do to eliminate pain from breast feeding?
My nurse tonight told me to use tea bags for relief to. So I think tomorrow when I get home I will try this new remedy! :)