I am having such a hard time with breastfeeding! My baby has a hard time latching on and it has DESTROYED my nipples. I went on nipple rest for a week and just started breast feeding again, but the same thing is happening again to them. Do yall think a nipple shield! would help me? I really want to breastfeed
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Krista - posted on 06/20/2011
I don't know if I can help, but this is what worked for me: I used to get raw, bleeding nipples. Seriously, they looked like hamburger. I kept following my LC's advice to aim the nipple towards the back of my baby's mouth, and just kept getting abraded.
So my sister told me to try using the clutch hold (a.k.a. "football hold), and to hold my breast with my thumb on top and my fingers underneath. And when holding the breast, to draw my thumb towards me a bit. This would basically raise my nipple a bit so that it was pointing upwards, not straight in. Using that hold, I'd aim it for the back of the roof of my baby's mouth. That way, his tongue was underneath the nipple, on the areola, not on the nipple itself. Plus, the clutch hold offers you a better view so that you can see where you're aiming. Give it a try -- it worked really well for me. Plus, after each nursing session, rub a bit of milk on your nipples, let it dry, and then slather them with Lanisoh.
Good luck! I know it's hard, but it usually DOES get easier.
Laura - posted on 06/21/2011
I live by the nipple shield! I know they say it can slow the flow, but I found no problems. My kids still were gulping down until they were full. But I was the same as you. After just one feed, my nipples were red and bleeding. I would rather use the shield, than not breastfeed at all!
Victoria - posted on 06/21/2011
My friend tried the nipple shield, and it may have temporarily helped, but I think that is slows the flow of the milk, so she had one heck of a time getting her milk back. I wouldn't try it. In my experience, my son had a hard time latching and wasn't gaining any weight, so I had to switch to formula. It was the best decision that I ever made. For my second son, he had no problems with latching and I am able to breastfeed him just fine. Sometimes, I think that the litte ones just don't get it. But do talk to your pediatrician. Oh, and I had hired a lactation consultant for my first one, and it didn't help at all. I guess there are good ones and bad ones out there, but they all basically tell you to do different things, and just ended up confusing and frustrating me.
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