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Old 05-21-05, 03:05 PM
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Default ouch! Advice needed

Rosalie was born just three days ago and I'm exclusively breast feeding her on demand. I'm not sure if my latch is right. I know at first it wasn't. She only had the nipple in her mouth. I adjusted and I think I've got it right but I'm still experiencing pain. I don't know if it's because they got sore from the earlier poor latches or if she's still just not latching on right. It only hurts for the first 30 seconds or so and then doesn't. I can tell she's swallowing and seems to suck really well. Any thoughts from you experienced moms?


p.s. she's adorable!
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Old 05-21-05, 03:18 PM
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As long as it is only hurting for a short time right at the beginning and you are making sure your latch is good, it is normal. If I remember correctly I had a sharp pain that lasted for about 30 seconds to the first minute when DD was brand new. I think it takes a little while, like 2 weeks or so for you nipples to get totally used to the sucking. Even though they are tiny those little ones can suck pretty darn hard!
Good Luck and Good job for given your little lady such a healthy and special start!
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Old 05-21-05, 05:29 PM
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Check out these online videos
...even I learned something after watching them when I wanted a refresher for my DS (and I BF my DD for 2 years!!!)

This is also my favorite online description of good latching with great pics!

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I wouldn't call myself an "experienced" mom, but I have the same thing with my baby, but it still hurts at first, and he's 5 weeks old. I noticed that I was all tensed up too when he latched on, and I (still) have to make an effort to relax my shoulders and take a deep breath and exhale, and that really seemed to help.
Also, our hospital has lactation consultants, and I had Josh's ped order a lactation consult. It was wonderful-- they weighed him before and after to see how much he was getting, and watched me go through a "normal" feeding to see what I was doing and how they could help me. You might try that, too. Good luck!
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Old 05-22-05, 03:56 PM
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It is completely normal. I have nursed all 3 of my kiddos, still nursing one, and it has hurt like you describe.

You are doing the right thing by taking her off and making sure she takes the whole thing and not just nipple. Your nipples have to toughen up, and it can take anywhere from a week to a month.

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