He doesn't open wide enough!!

Kaitlan - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Ok so I just had my son on January11th and I am breastfeeding him. At first it was hard and it hurt a little, but then he got the hang of it and was latching properly and everything. I have lots of milk and was told my technique is right, but I think my baby is getting lazy. In the past three days he hasn't been opening his mouth wide enough for it to be comfortable, and that is really getting to me. Sometimes he does latch properly and he will eat for a couple minutes but then he will move just a little and then it starts to hurt. I have tried so hard to get him to open and latch properly, but its not working.

What should I do??

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Heather - posted on 01/23/2010

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Your doing great!! Yes, if you rub your nipple over the top lip baby should open wide then quickly "shove" you boob in the mouth. My daughter had this issue she actually has a very small mouth and it was difficult at first! But she really figured it out about 3mo and its so easy since.. I do think she developed a shallow latch but it doesn't hurt anymore and she's nursing just fine so I good with it! IT WILL GET EASIER!!!

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Octavia - posted on 01/24/2010

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By rubbing your babys nose will open his mouth wider and tilting his head back while feeding. It takes time and practice. Don't give ! its worth it and save you time and money than buying enfamil and breastmilk is always ready.

Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2010

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You are doing great one other tip our lac. consultant gave was as you bring him to your breast have a finger pull his chin gentlely open more so he does open wide and as others said keep taking him off when it starts to hurt and relatch or it will leed to blisters and bleeding.

Rebecca - posted on 01/24/2010

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Hi! Yes, you are doing a great job! Keep at it!! I am a certified doula. I heard you say that your baby often starts off good then it starts to hurt. Try putting your forefinger on babies chin while still attatched, press down on chin firmly. See if this produces relief of pain. Sometimes when newborns get "lazy" or sleep after latching, they will suck their lower lip in producing pain for mom almost immediatly. By pressing down on the chin, you flip out their lip again without breaking suction. Give this a try to see if it helps. Other than that I would tell you to trust your gutt with things. Moms know best!! Keep at it and many Blessings to you!! ~Rebecca Duncan

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2010

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amd also try different positions. Try the football hold where you hold him under your arm and you support his back and neck with this arm and then his head can tilt back as much as you need it to (lol, within reason..must state that as probably get done for child cruelty). Dont bring your breast to baby, let baby come to the breast, if he roots a while let him hel find it soon!

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2010

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Slighly squeeze your areola and part of the breast while rubbing it over his nose and onto his top lip. The rubbing helps the rooting reflex whereby as youve seen previously that his head will go backwards and his mouth will open wide, and the squeezing just helps him get more of a grip. Dont worry, I had this problem (its not really a problem tho) with my daughter. And my parnter was the only one who could get her to latch back on. She must have been about 10 days old at the time. It was just the way he pinched my boob and brought her head up to my nipple. it was amazing! She was a preemie so she lacked the sucking relflex at first which makes it worse if you dont get the correct latch, your nipples kill! The lasinoh cream worked really well for me.
At the moment your lil one is just getting to grips with the whole feeding thing, dont panic, he will soon get the hang of it, and also breastfeeding doesnt normally get fully established until hes about 6 weeks old, so hang in there girl, your doing a great job! xxx

April - posted on 01/23/2010

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Kaitlan, I admire your perserverance and your desire to make things right! Your son isn't even a month old yet and I can already tell that you have what it takes to go really far with breast feeding! (It does get much easier as they get older!) Keep up the good work Kaitlan!!!

Erica - posted on 01/23/2010

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The lactation in the hospital gave my the tip to run my nipple over their nose and down to their mouth to get them to open their mouths all the way. Also, just keep taking baby off and latching again until it's right. It's frustrating for both you and baby but if you put up with pain, it will only get worse. It takes a little while for baby to make a habit of latching correctly.



If it's too late and you're already really sore. Check with you doctor or lactation consultant about getting triple nipple cream. It's like lanolin but better and you have to get it prescribed from a doctor. It saved me!

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