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Getting newborn to take more aeroela. Blistered nipples.

Posted by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:12 AM
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Baby girl was born 11/12/13. She has a great strong latch and suction but I can't figure out how to get her mouth open wide enough to get more aeroela and not just nipple. After just one nursing session she blistered both nipples. Ouch!! I am not sure if its positioning or how I fix it. I take her off and try to get her relatched but still can't get it right. Any tips before tommorow? I want to fix it ASAP for my poor nipples sakes lol.
by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:12 AM
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LoveJoy9563
by on Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:19 AM

my LO did the same. She is 2 mo now and still has this trouble from time to time. One thing that helps is I pinch and push gently as much as I can when she opens. When her grip loosens and she is on the tip pinching I yelp ouch quick and sharp which usually startles her and she adjusts. Hope things get bettter momma! *hugs*

MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Has she been checked for lip or tongue ties? There should be an article on kellymom.com that has pictures and information on what to look for. Bring baby up to your breast. Use pillows under her and under your arm for support, along with shaping your breast with your hand to get more of it in her mouth.
Sondi7
by Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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My son was born on the 9th and I'm having the same issue, except no blisters yet (ouch!). I was going to ask the same question today. Congrats on your little one :)
GreenDotsOrange
by Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM
Quoting MusherMaggie:

Has she been checked for lip or tongue ties? There should be an article on kellymom.com that has pictures and information on what to look for. Bring baby up to your breast. Use pillows under her and under your arm for support, along with shaping your breast with your hand to get more of it in her mouth.



That's one of the 1st things I looked for since my son was tongue tied. She can stick her tongue out and quite far and her frenulum looked good. I didn't check for a lip tie so I will do that today!
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Nov. 14, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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When you latch, pull her chin down with your thumb. And compress the breast tissue in a c-hold to make it stand out as much as possible and to make the area smaller.Push it in as far as it will go. You have to do the work because she doesn't know how to yet.

maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Some good info from kellymom:

No matter what latch and positioning look like, the true measure is in the answers to these two questions:

  1. Is it effective?
  2. Is it comfortable?

Even if latch and positioning look perfect (and, yes, even if a lactation consultant told you they were fine), pain and/or ineffective milk transfer indicate that there is a problem somewhere, and the first suspect is ineffective latch/positioning.

If baby is transferring milk and gaining weight well, and mom is not hurting, then latch and positioning are – by definition – good, even if it’s nothing like the “textbook” latch and positioning that you’ve seen in books.

“Rules and regulations have no place in the mother-baby relationship. Each mother and baby dyad is different and what works well for one mother and baby may not work well for another mother and baby. The important thing to do is to look at the mother and baby as individuals.”– Andrea Eastman, MA, CCE, IBCLC in The Mother-Baby Dance

Following are some of my favorite resources on latch and positioning:

Biological Nurturing: Laid-Back Breastfeeding from Dr. Suzanne Colson. Breastfeeding in a semi-reclined position can be very helpful for both mom and baby.

Newborn Hands: Why are they always in the way while breastfeeding? from the San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Latching handouts by Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC

Breastfeeding: Off to the best start from the UK Department of Health
(Lovely latching pictures here, with simple directions.)

Deep Latch Technique from The Pump Station.
(Good latching pictures and directions.)

When Latching by Anne J. Barnes, has instructions with drawings
(The drawings and tips here are helpful.)

Latching videos by Dr. Jack Newman

Animation illustrating assymetrical latch technique by Victoria Nesterova
(Nice animation — text is in Russian.)

The Mother-Baby Dance: Positioning and Latch-On by Andrea Eastman, MA, CCE, IBCLC
(This is a longish article written for breastfeeding counselors that has some nice descriptions of latching and positioning, along with info on why some things tend to work better than others.)

Is baby latching on and sucking efficiently? How to tell from AskDrSears.com
(A useful list.)

L-A-T-C-H-E-S * Breastfeeding Assessment Tool (for the first 4 weeks) and Scoring Key by Marie Davis, RN, IBCLC
(A tool for professionals that could also be useful for moms who are wondering if breastfeeding is going fine and whether additional help is needed.)


maggiemom2000
by Ruby Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Check out this info on the "flipple", a way to get more into baby's mouth:

Junebaby18
by Nannerz on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM
When you take her off the breast, don't just pull her off. Slide your finger between your breast and her lips until the suction is broken.
polkaspots
by Gold Member on Nov. 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Check for ties and smush your boob so that you can get it all to fit in baby's mouth. I've heard it referred to as a boobie sandwich.
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