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How long did it take you to get your "latch" down?

Posted by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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So I'm off to a shaky start with breast feeding. My nipples are tender as can be and the poor baby got sucking blisters on his lips. We went to an appointment with his pediatrician today and she showed me how to get a good latch but it's still not coming to easy. How long did it take you to establish a good latch and do you have any tips?

by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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mrseckstein
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM
bump since my son wouldn't latch:(
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rileysmommy229
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 3:36 PM

 with my first it tooks weeks honestly...with my second he latched on 10 minutes after being born and we have never had a problem

CurryCurry
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Couple of weeks to be without pain. One month to become a pro.Contact the local la-leche league for help.

Also, they have breast shields that keep your nipples dry and protected in-between nursing sessions. And of course use lots of lanolin.

Good luck!

mommyziegler
by Platinum Member on Jul. 12, 2010 at 4:31 PM

my ds had one from the start...my dd she never did so we were not able to breastfeed :(

beans_mama9906
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 4:45 PM

my oldest was tongue-tied and couldn't get latched on....2nd pretty much did it herself as soon as she was born. I think a lot of it depends on the kid.

KendraCay
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

DD latched on perfectly the first time at breast (20-40 min after birth) She was so good at it that I had to use a nipple shield every now and then in the first two weeks because I was getting blisters. but after 2 weeks it stopped hurting and I'd say we're pro now.  I wish I could offer advice. Just stay calm and stick with it! you can do it!!

abra
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 4:57 PM

With my first, the latch was fine right off the bat, but since I was working full time, I wasn't able to keep up.

With my second, ironically, I wasn't working but she and I both had problems figuring out how this worked! I saw a lactation consultant before we checked out of the hospital and she helped us both perfect our technique. :-)

How long have you been trying? Have you tried seeing a lactation specialist at the hospital or looking one up on le leche's website?

truealaskanmom
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 5:56 PM

If I hadn't gotten a good latch in the first week if I were you I would take him to the chiropractor a lot of times that will fix it right away. 

rileysmommy229
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 5:58 PM

 

Quoting truealaskanmom:

If I hadn't gotten a good latch in the first week if I were you I would take him to the chiropractor a lot of times that will fix it right away. 

 A chiropractor?



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ACsLady
by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 6:02 PM

My daughter latched perfectly on the first try and I never had any issues with her and nursing. I was just blessed with an easy time of it.

If you've been shown how to get your son to latch properly and have done it, then you just have to keep practicing and trying. If you are still a bit unsure of the specifics of latching, there are videos on YouTube that demonstrate it very well. I happened to watch some after I start nursing my daughter and learned the mechanics of latching...never knew exactly what was supposed to be done, just that my daughter did it well.

Have you tried different nursing positions? You may find one or two are easier to use to get baby to latch properly. It's important that you both be comfortable and changing position will help with the sore nipples too.

Are there specific issues you're having? I might be able to give better advice if I could address a particular problem...

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