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Nursing question/ problem

From the very beginning (only one short week lol) I have noticed that nursing my second child is far more painful than it was when I nursed my first. The left side is especially painful, and for the entirety of the nursing session whereas the right side seems to be painful for a few moments and then it eases off. I have tried repositioning, having him re-latch, and even trying different holds. I have even tried expressing a bit before hand in case I am just too full. I don't know if I just have a piranha feeder or if I just havent gotten used to it again. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful! Oh and the left side is also not sore to the touch, just while he is nursing and latched on. Who do I talk to? My OB-GYN or to his pediatrician? I didnt have any pain nursing the first time around so I am not sure who to field this question to.


Asked by swimmachic23 at 4:46 PM on Dec. 17, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • With my daughter my right side hurt A LOT more, it was ridiculous! The LC I talked to said that my milk ducts might not have all be quite ready to produce so much milk and that's why one side or both can really hurt, or it could be a latching issue with your little guy. I'm not sure if it's boob pain or nipple pain you're talking about, but both things go away within a couple of weeks, at least that's what i was told and Gwen was bfing like a pro and I felt comfortable by the time she was 2 weeks. Hopefully it'll be that way for you. :)

    Answer by marine_wife0520 at 8:28 PM on Dec. 17, 2009



    find a :LLL in your area and a lactation consultant.


    Answer by amileegirl at 4:54 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Is there a lactation consultant at the hospital where you delivered?

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:06 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • I'd consult with an IBCLC or a LLL leader.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 5:15 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Don't talk to a doctor, they don't know anything about breastfeeding. They aren't trained.

    Answer by Gailll at 6:13 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • I would call your child's ped and see if they have a lactation consultant on staff. Some do. If not then i would contact your Local LLL and find a consultant near you. Visiting a consultant is a great help. They watch you nurse and watch how your baby latches to guide you in the direction you need to go to make the process as pain free and enjoyable as possible.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:53 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Could baby be tongue tied, or have a bubble palate, or other physical cause for a painful latch? Check out

    Maybe your left breast is shaped a little different and it is harder for him to get as deep of a latch on it. See


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:53 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • For sure ask a LC or a pediatrician in case something is the matter. But I will say the same thing happened to me. It just hurt the second time for some reason and only on my left side for the first few weeks....I could never seems to notice if it was when let down occurred. My son is now 8 months and it's not an issue.

    Answer by krisdecam at 8:31 PM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • How old is your baby? You may have oversupply try pumping a little to relieve the fullness to your comfort

    Answer by MummyOf2ooo at 9:39 PM on Dec. 18, 2009