Breastfeeding

Michelle - posted on 12/08/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My newborn finally latched on and is breastfeeding very well after being a week old. Is he not latching on good enough if my nipples hurt when he latches on.. Will they stop hurting after awhile??

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Stephanie - posted on 12/08/2013

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Generally, the rule of thumb for breast feeding is it takes about 6 weeks to feel okay while breast feeding. It's tough on your nipples and body. Most woman have nipple soreness, period-like cramps, and nipple chaffing during the first 6 weeks. Hang in there! Babies may favor sides and sometimes their latch will change without warning. At about 6 weeks after my daughters birth, I felt comfortable breast feeding. It didn't really hurt, she latched on with little to no help from me. Hope this helps!

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Cheyenne - posted on 12/08/2013

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I had one side that my daughter could latch on to with no problem and I felt no pain at all, but the other she had trouble and yes it hurt. They say if they're latched on right that it shouldn't cause too much pain. But if a baby is sucking throughout most of the day, they will probably start hurting anyway. They have nipple cremes you can buy. When she was about 5 months, my nipples were almost numb lol Then the only problem was the teething!

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