why does breastfeeding hurt?

Kristy - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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when my son was breast feeding i guess he wasnt latching on correctly but it felt like he was latched on so can some one help me with this i need alot of help

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Shaniqua - posted on 06/15/2010

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it depends on what kind of pain that your experiencing but when latching make sure that his mouth is wide enough to take in the correct amount of nipple an that he is getting the milk out there are also very good creams that go directly on the nipple after feeding to help with pain an that doesn't effect the milk or the baby if you have to feed often

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Leah - posted on 06/27/2010

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If you have any problems I highly recommend talking to a lactation consultent. I think most bases have one for military familys they can talk to for free. I used one with my first child and she came over and made sure my daughter was latching on right and showed me different ways to hold her and they just were and awesome help. Good luck!

Wendy - posted on 06/26/2010

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Hello My friend,

I am not a dr . However, I read alot during my pregancies and did a lot of research. To breastfeed, one must prepare the breast before delivery. With that being said, you have to massage the breast and prepare it for the road ahead. Breastfeeding takes preparation. It may be too late now for this child. However, you can prepare for the next by starting early.

Lots of luck,


Wendy

Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2010

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I know that with my daughter it hurt like crazy when she was nursing, so once I finally changed her to a bottle one of the PA's at the clinic notice that she was "tongue tied" and said that was one reason why she had problems latching on fully and I was in so much pain when she breastfed. Might be worth checking with the doc to see if it's a possibility that your son is "tongue tied". If he is, it would be a really easy outpatient procedure to get it fixed.

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Along with everything the other ladies have said, if you're feeling full when you begin to nurse you may need to pump a little or massage your breasts in a warm shower to relieve some pressure. Your baby will get a better latch if you aren't engorged. I have nursed both of my girls and my second one I had outrageous pain for 2 months. It does get better! Just keep going!!! The rewards are worth a bit of discomfort. Oh, one more thing... make sure that your baby's lips are open on your nipple. That sounds weird, but make sure his lips aren't curled in as if biting on them. That can make nursing extremely uncomfortable! GL

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I asked my mom what the stuff was she had told me to use and it is call BagBalm it was originally created for cows to help with chafing it can be found in any store and usually comes in a green square can

Monica - posted on 06/22/2010

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What worked for me was Lansinoh and nipple shields. Breastfeeding was so painful for me that I would have rather had contractions again! I put Lansinoh on my nipples so they wouldn't chafe, then the nipple shield on top of that. He latched on just fine, and I wasn't in pain.

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Not sure where you are but most areas have wet nurses and breast milk banks who have pple to help you may want to check it out. Also almost every hospital has a lactician and that is her job. Check for teeth that is one of the most common causes of pain

Donielle - posted on 06/19/2010

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Oh and yes bm is a wonderful thing and can help heal your nipples as well as pink eye and other things. LOL We have tried it for pink eye and it worked wonders!

Donielle - posted on 06/19/2010

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I would also highly recommend a lactation consultant. I don't know what I would have done without mine. To make sure that your baby is latching correctly, look at your nipple after he sucks a bit. If it has a slant similar to a new lipstick, he's not latching correctly. Also, make sure you're holding him in the best way that encourages correct latches. It's difficult to explain on a computer which is why I suggest the LC who can show you in person and ensure you are doing it correctly. Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt though you might have some soreness at first and later on when he starts teething causing his latches to not be so great since the pressure may not be comfortable for him.

Jacquelynn - posted on 06/17/2010

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The creams were a big help with me. I also used the gel pads that you put on after feeding and leave on for like 2 hours. Also talk to the lactation specialist, they help SOOOOOOO much. Oh and check out a nippel gaurd, after you talk to the specialist.

Celia - posted on 06/16/2010

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One thing that helped the best for me, a mother of three and I nursed all my girls, but experienced the worst pain with my last one, was SOOTHIES! throw the suckers in the fridge and instant relief! No creams to wipe off or anything. Sometimes your baby can be sucking too hard producing pain... or just not a good latch, or your skin can just be tender, don't give up! Nursing is the best thing you can do for you and your baby, the bonding experience, there is nothing like it too... it is a life long journey that is so worth the pain, if in a week or so of using some of these tips, then yes time to consult a lacation consultant... they are kind and help a lot. Best of luck to you!

Tiffany - posted on 06/16/2010

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One thing they told me was to aim your nipple at the roof of their mouth. Put their bottom lip where it should line up with your nipple aimed upwards and tilt it slowly into their mouth and that should help.

Tiffany - posted on 06/16/2010

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Have you spoken to the lactation specialist at the hospital? They were a huge help with my youngest! and www.breastfeeding.com can help too. Good luck

C. - posted on 06/15/2010

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Like Shaniqua said, there are some creams and stuff out there.. And it does matter if your baby's mouth is wide open when you go to feed. The cream I found most helpful was Lansinoh. It's a lanolin cream that is safe for baby, so that just means you don't have to wipe it off before feeding. But if using a cream, be sure not to overuse it. It CAN make your nipples too soft, making it even harder for your baby to latch on properly.

Another good thing is, and this is something my sister told me to do, after feeding, express some milk and massage into your nipples and let it air dry. Your breast milk is good for many things (I've even heard it can heal diaper rash, though I've never tried it myself- just stuck to Desitin creamy for that :) ) Also, letting your nipples air dry as often as possible. If you're home alone or it's just you and your hubby, close the blinds, lock the door and go topless for a while. I know it may sound weird, but it really does help to heal your nipples faster. It's really good when used in conjunction with the nipple cream. Use the cream for a day, the next day air dry all the way, day after that use the cream and so on..

Another thing, many hospitals have BFing consultants that can come to your home and help you with getting your baby to latch on and also different positions to try while feeding so you can find what's best for you and your baby. Some of them do charge, but I believe some hospitals offer them for free. I would check with your OB and if they do charge, ask if your insurance will cover it. Good luck!!!

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