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Advice on breastfeeding...it hurts and im afraid he isnt gettign enough

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missashoo

Asked by missashoo at 12:56 PM on Nov. 4, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • talk to a lactation consultant and/or contact your local la leche league office. it is possible that baby isn't latching on correctly. breastfeeding should not hurt. the LC might suggest a nipple shield, a different position, or a number of other things that could help. don't just suffer through this, and don't give up! :o) good luck to you.
    FelipesMom

    Answer by FelipesMom at 1:01 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • I would look up Le Leche League's webpage for some information and help finding a lactation consultant. The pain- without more discription- I would assume is a latch problem and can probably be easily rectified. Why are you afraid your baby isn't getting enough? I always go through a period where I wonder about that- not because anythings wrong, just because I can't see how much baby is eating.
    Keep on keeping on. Get some help. Nursing is totally worth it.
    IrishMommaC

    Answer by IrishMommaC at 1:05 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • The lactation consultant and La leche league will be a wealth of information, and support. Plus I would have to see how the baby was latching on to see why it hurts. The hospital, phone book or WIC would have names and numbers for both groups.  But if you can hardly see the dark part around your nipple, then the latch is most likely good.


    You know your child is full when they are falling asleep at the breast, happy and playful while awake and sleeping normally. Also you might be able to see a little bit of milk on on the lips while attached, then you know they are getting some. Also listen or feel for breathing, you can't breath and swallow at the same time. You might be able to hear the swallowing especially if they are guzzling it down. And your breast will be squishier and lighter after feedings. Trust your gut, and your mommy instincts, they won't let you down.

    DevilInPigtails

    Answer by DevilInPigtails at 1:19 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • If it hurts because you are engorged, try pumping first just to get yourself a little more comfortable. It's easier to nurse if your breasts aren't rock-hard and too full.
    mompam

    Answer by mompam at 1:33 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Latch is key for comfort. Make sure he is taking the whole nipple and covering most of your areola with his mouth. You may want to talk to a lactation consultant to help. Warm compresses and lanolin (with only lanolin) are good as well.

    As far as is he getting enough: only count his wet diapers. 6-8 wet diapers a day and he's getting enough. As far as pooping: that varies greatly on breastfed babies...some get multiple poops a day, others go once every several days and everything in between. It's all normal.

    If he ever acts fussy like he isn't getting enough after being fine for weeks, etc. he is going through a growth spurt. Never look at how he acts, always diapers.

    This is supply and demand. The more your little baby demands, the more milk your breasts will produce.

    That being said, stay away from alcohol as it can decrease your supply. Supplementing with formula or giving milk in a bottle or pacifiers can...
    jlry_ldy

    Answer by jlry_ldy at 1:50 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • ...can also hurt your supply. So make sure to keep your baby on your breast for as long as he wants as often as he wants.

    As he gets older, (after at least a few weeks) you can introduce a paci as long as he is breastfeeding well. If you are going back to work and need to introduce a bottle, do that after 3-4 weeks (or later if you have 3 months of maternity leave or greater....I only had 6 weeks home).

    Two great websites: kellymom.com and llli.org.

    Good luck.
    jlry_ldy

    Answer by jlry_ldy at 1:52 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • LIKE YOUR BREAST HURT OR YOUR NIPPLES? IF IS YOUT BREAST YOU ARE PROBABLY ENGORGED TRY PUMPING A LIL TO RELIEVE THE BREAST. THATW AY THE BABY CAN LATCH EASIER. AS FOR THE BABY NOT GETTING ENOUGH COUNT DIAPERS 6-8!! IS THE MAGIC NUMBER IF ITS YOUR NIPPLE THEN THE LATCH IS WRONG. LIKE THE OTEHRS MOM SAY LLL and AND LC
    piwife

    Answer by piwife at 1:52 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

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