Quoting Hairlady77: When they first latch on it is your milk having what is called let down bit is extreme for some woman. Are they sore or raw besides then? If you are really uncomfortable I know a lot of woman try and nipple shield. But that won't help with let down. Also maybe a lactation specialist?
Ask to speak with a different lactation specialist. For me, there was no pain involved with breastfeeding unless I was engorged but that doesn't sound like what's going on with you. When my daughter was born, she sucked so hard and for so long that it was uncomfortable. I finally asked for a binkie (don't ask a lactation specialist, I caught heck!). I would nurse her both sides and then give her the binkie and she was good. It sounds like your problem might be that he's really hungry and your milk just either isn't in yet or isn't coming down fast enough. If you're worried that it's going to hurt (why wouldn't you?), it might be delaying your letdown. Force yourself to be calm and maybe hold him for a minute or two while you breath easy and envision your milk letting down. It sounds weird, but you'll eventually get it. The more he nurses, the more milk you'll make and the more satisfied he'll be. Hang in there, it does get much easier and it's so nice not having to get up to warm bottles or wash them when the baby is screaming!
Best tip I was given was to allow a little breast milk to dry on your nipples when done. Sounds odd but at this point anything is worth trying, right? It worked for me and of course check his latch in case he isn;t getting enough of your nipple in his mouth. It seemed like a good idea to me because it wasn't a cream or anything that I needed to be concerned about the baby ingesting.
Mine was were raw and skin was breaking. I used to rub a little bit of breast milk and use lanolin on them. I also had to get my daughter's latch checked a few times.
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