Pain during breastfeeding with first

Leeann - posted on 01/07/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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With my son I only breastfed for about a month, it was so painful that every time I had to feed him I sat and cried the entire time. It got to the point where my nipples were actually bruised, and I decided to take a break and pump instead but never went back to breastfeeding. I was in the hospital for about a week after my son was born (had an emergency C-section, and ended up getting a uterus infection) so I had sufficent time to learn to get him to latch properly but I guess I wasn't doing some thing right.



I have my second son on the way (due in a week and 5 days) and want to breastfeed but i'm afraid that it will be as painful as it was before. Has any one else had this happen? I know it's going to be a bit tender the first little while, but this was extremely painful (and I can take a lot of pain). And any advice on how to make it less painful?

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Emily - posted on 01/07/2009

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With all three of mine it took a good six weeks before I felt comfortable with nursing. It takes a lot of practice and re-latching if the latch was incorrect... plus I have horrible over-supply issues and it takes a good six weeks before the engorgement was relieved enough for me to be comfortable.

Leeann - posted on 01/07/2009

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Maybe it was that I just didn't stick with it long enough the first time, I don't know. I found that every nurse in the hospital showed me how to latch a little bit differently. (which is weird because I thought there was only one way to properly do it!) I had one lady that it felt like she was going to pull off my nipple (needless to say I didn't ask her to help again! lol).

Thanks every one for your comments, i'm hoping it works better this time!

Angela - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have 5 girls and the first 4 I breastfed them for 12 months or longer, currently I have a 4 mos old that I am still breastfeeding.  Pain is something I am very familiar with during the first month though.  Thrush can be a big cause, usually there is burning and itching though too.  there are some natural ways to treat this, taking acidopholis is good for you and baby.  colidal silver also can help.  With my 5th though I found out the main cause for the pain is due to my childrens thicker skin on their top gums (I can't remember what that part of the mouth is called)  where the two front top teeth will come in at.  because it was thicker there they latched on differently.  the top lip would rub the nipple till it would crack and sometimes even bleed, but as soon as it toughened up it heals and goes away.  It is a very painful experience but in the end very rewarding.  At the hospital the lactation consultants are wonderful and very helpful.  Wishing you a pleasant experience this time around.

Lina - posted on 01/07/2009

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latching is hard work... after 1 and a half months my daughter finally got the hang of it...i used a bottle and a binky  to change her sucking technique... and when it was really bad taking her off the breast and start over.  but alot of it was just grinning crying through it... breast feeding at almost three months old and it does not hurt! unless she sleeps too long!

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2009

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I had a lot of discomfort the first few weeks, but it was because my pump didn't fit me properly not because of the baby. I ended up ordering the correct size and things got better. I would try it again, because the benefits are tremendous. Don't give up, you can have a lactation consultant help you. Good luck!

Emily - posted on 01/07/2009

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Thrush can have many symptoms... but usually the pain lasts more then just during the feeding. Sore, tender nipples are common and normal, but pain and bruising are not (at least they shouldn't be). Definitely contact a Le Leche League group for good info and support. The lactation consultants at the hospital are usually great, but many of them don't have any personal experience breastfeeding and are only using textbook knowledge.

One thing I've learned about latch with my three babies... when in doubt... shove more breast in the mouth. My newborns all have tiny mouths and I have large breasts, so it seems like a lot for them to handle... but they manage it. As one mom in my LLL group said at the last meeting, "if it looks like they're choking on breast... the latch is probably correct."

Leeann - posted on 01/07/2009

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My niece had thrush, thats more of a burning sensation than actual pain isn't it?

Kate - posted on 01/07/2009

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PS- try contacting your local Le Leche League group for support... they will help you feel much better b/c ypu'll find other moms going through what you are.

Kate - posted on 01/07/2009

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Uncomfortable is normal at first but terrible pain is not. Could be a latch problem or even Thrush (yeast infection). The latter was our problem. Stick with it - breast is best!

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