How can I deal with a too strong, painful latch?

And it hurts! lol, my nipples are fine when she isn't nursing, they're not chapped or anything, but her latch is so strong that it hurts when she nurses. anything I can do? I've tried retraining her latch but she's set. I don't think it's anything Lansinoh would help, is it?

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srhmldndo

Asked by srhmldndo at 12:10 PM on Jan. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You need to see a lactation consultant because she isn't latching on properly. I have a friend who "retrained" her son's latch when he was almost 5 months, so it's never too late! Don't use a nipple shield unless/until a lactation consultant tells you it's okay to use, because it will prevent her from learning how to latch on properly. She should not be taking just your nipple in her mouth. If this doesn't get better after seeing a lactation consultant, see a different one or have an experienced mom take a look, because there is an answer out there.
    evwsquared

    Answer by evwsquared at 4:10 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • No, the Lansinoh is for your cracked or dry nipples. Are you making sure that you are getting your aereola (sp?) in there too? And not just your nipple?
    CarolynBarnett

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 12:12 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • Yeah, she's getting a whole mouthful, the areola AND the nipple, but she clamps down so strong and that's what is making it hurt.
    srhmldndo

    Answer by srhmldndo at 12:13 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • try putting more of the nipple in her mouth, the presure should spread out a little more and ease the pain
    killerbunny2008

    Answer by killerbunny2008 at 12:13 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • My daughter has an extremely strong latch, also. She gets everything in her mouth, too, but it still hurts sometimes. She's teething right now and that seemed to make it worse. It seems to help me when I hold she is pressed tighter to my chest, that way she is not pulling out as far. Other than that, I have no suggestions, but feel your pain.
    MommyJanelle

    Answer by MommyJanelle at 12:27 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • Can you get a nipple shield? It might help you a little bit. Call a lactation consultant and ask where you can buy one
    a_and_j_momma

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 12:28 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • my little girl did the same thing. she would latch so hard that you could actually see the bruises on my breasts. i just put up with the pain, but holy cow it hurt.
    vbongard

    Answer by vbongard at 12:36 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • I would work some more on her latch, maybe see a lactations specialist. She shouldn't be "clamping down"
    My son would clamp down after I got him off the nipple shield... and yes it hurts like crazy! I would just break his latch and say "no" and put him back on again until he did it right.
    He has a very stong suck now... but it never hurts... they use their tounge for the suction not their gums... so like I said... if she is clamping down, it isn't right.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 12:56 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • She is only 10 days old. I don't think she'd understand what "no" means yet. But thanks for the ideas and input, ya'll!
    srhmldndo

    Answer by srhmldndo at 1:32 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • She doesn't need to know what it means... it's the idea that you say the word and take her away when she clamps down... and let her continue when she does it correct. My son didn't know what it meant either... but he corrected his latch... he learned what got him food.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 1:37 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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