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breastfeeding, sore nipples.

Posted by on May. 19, 2014 at 3:59 AM
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My nipples hurt really bad when my son first latches and it takes a minute for them to stop.. its enough to make your toes curl. Lol. Any tips would be nice!
by on May. 19, 2014 at 3:59 AM
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Hairlady77
by New Member on May. 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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?
bth.klh
by Member on May. 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM
I talked to the lactation specialist here in the nicu and she just said in going to have to tough it out. But it really hurts

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?
whoodathunk
by Member on May. 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

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!

MusherMaggie
by Bronze Member on May. 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM
If the pain goes away during the feedings, that's the letdown reflex--it will become less intense as time wears on.
MusherMaggie
by Bronze Member on May. 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM
Come check out the Breastfeeding Moms group!
Udella
by on May. 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

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.

joebugmama
by on May. 20, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Nipple shields saved my life! I thought about giving up so many times because of how bad it hurt to feed my daughter but after a few weeks using the shields I took them off and the pain was no longer there. It was amazing! Good luck!!! Don't give up!
WILDCATGAL78
by Member on May. 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

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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