Until when does breastfeeding hurt like hell!?

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Sherri - posted on 12/19/2010

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For me with my youngest NEVER. My son sucked so hard he caused massive sores on me. I managed to suffer through it for a month but after that I was literally one big sore and bleeding. So I pumped for a while and bottle fed.



Even the La Leche nurses said he was on correctly but his suction was just entirely too strong. Stronger then was typical. Gosh I used all the creams the pad things that were supposed to ease the pain that would go inside your bra. Repositioning in every position possible. Relatching a million times.

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2009

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I apologize, that wasn't the video I meant to post.



THIS is a good video that shows latching.

Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt.  It's okay to be a little tender,but breastfeeding shouldn't hurt like hell!

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009

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I had this problem with both my girls for the first 2 weeks. It stung like you wouldn't believe and they were latched on fine. After the two weeks they were fine.

Lisa - posted on 02/10/2009

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People always say it shouldn't hurt....ya right, it kills. With both my kids breastfeeding hurt like hell, I would have tears in my eyes then suddenly at around the 3 week mark it just got easier and before I knew it there was no pain at all. It's worth it and so easy once you get past the pain. Good Luck!!!!

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Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2010

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The pain didn't stop for about 7 weeks with me. Definately make sure that the latch is right though, because it makes a huge difference. My daughter didnt latch properly for a long time, and we tried many different positions. What we found works, is to lie on your side to feed. The baby is relaxed and can easily achieve a good latch. Its a great idea to talk to a lactation consultant. Good Luck?

Darcy - posted on 02/10/2009

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I WOULD MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE THRUSH ON YOUR NIPPLES(YEAST INFESTION) THAT CAN CAUSE EXTREME PAIN!! PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP--ASK SOMEONE WHO HAS NURSED OR A LACTATION CONSULTANT---THE BABY MIGHT NOT BE LATCHING ON PROPERLY.

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009

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Breastfeeding hurt like hell for about 1-2 weeks I think, maybe a bit longer. It'll end up not hurting at all soon! Have you been using Lansinol? It really helped me

Pauline - posted on 02/10/2009

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It will hurt for a couple of weeks, but should not be horribly painful.  Usually for the first couple of weeks the pain is usually just with latch on and should ease after a minute or two.  If it doesn't check your babies latch and position.  Make sure your baby is all the way on and not just sucking on your nipple.  If you're really having a lot of pain see your doctor and consider having a lactation consultant come see you.  They are really worth it.  They'll come to your home and give really good advice.

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like everyone else says about 2-3 weeks. If it last longer than that, there could be another underlying problem. Nursing was agony for me for the first month because I later found out that I was allergic to the brand of breast pad I was using. Also, you could have an infection, yeast or bacterial, if the pain continues. Everyone says that your baby has to latch properly or it hurts. I think it hurts no matter what with your first child. The women who say that breastfeeding only hurts with an improper latch must have nipples of steel! It hurts and hurts!!! But don't give up because it is worth it. You can do it! I almost gave up, but I'm glad I didn't. Also make sure that your ducts are all cleared out. That was another problem I had. If you feel any lumps in your breasts clear out the ducts right away because it can lead to infection. I put a heating pad on my breasts right before I nursed and it worked like a charm. GOOD LUCK!!

Seabrey - posted on 02/10/2009

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Actually, if it is being done correctly (which is not easy) it should never hurt! I had no problems with my first child at all. Now with my second, who is 1 month old, I have terrible pain. He is not latching on correctly and no matter how hard I try I can't get him to latch on the correct way. He doesn't seem to be getting enough of the nipple in his mouth so it feels like he is clamping down on the end of my nipple.

Consider consulting a lactation consultant to find out what the problem is. Remember, breastfeeding when done correctly causes NO pain!

Paul-Terasa - posted on 02/10/2009

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My last baby, it took about 4 weeks before I could comfortably feed him.  With my first two, I had a lot of pain for just about two weeks.  Be careful about the type of pain.  Check baby's mouth for white film that does not wipe away.  It may be thrush and that baby can pass on to mom while nursing.  If you get thrush, it hurts everytime your nurse or even the smallest touch sent me to tears, and my breasts would burn for 10 minutes after feeding.  But as soon as the thrush was gone, it was much more comfortable.  It's such a nice relaxing time to spend bonding with your little one.



Just keep it up.  If you can make it past the first few week, you're all good!

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009

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The best latch in the world will not keep it from hurting for the first few weeks.  Yes, make sure you're baby has a good latch but don't beat yourself up about that being why you're in pain.  It hurt with both of mine for about the first two to three weeks.  Usually only for the first minute or two of each feeding session.  It shouldn't hurt the entire time your little one is feeding.

Cari - posted on 02/10/2009

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Oh yeah and make sure the baby's tummy is flat against you too VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cari - posted on 02/10/2009

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I nursed for kids the key is to make sure you literaly stuff as much of the nipple as possible including the aeriola take a deep breath release as the baby roots on, Very important!!!!! Also make sure you air dry when in public just don't put your breat back in the bra until they are dry. I only really used the creams when or if I was getting a crack but for me the tougher the better. Also if it goes for to long (the pain) and you see little bumps on the breast, along with itching or pain have the baby checked out for thrush it's a fungal infection which makes breast feeding very difficult. But if not focus on your breathing and the most important thing is STUFFING the WHOLE nipple as much as you can in the babies mouth that was my life saver!!! If you get to engorged get in the shower and it will release some of the pressure so the baby can latch on And hang in there it does get better it really does and the sacrifice will be soooo rewarding for you and the baby once you get past the humpand then it becomes super easy and economical. Also the pads make a difference I know the quilted ones were way better on the breast. change them frequently. Thin ones verses thick ones were better. And don't be hard on yourself it's ok your doing the best you can and just trying makes you a great mom, I know it's tough but you can do and figure out your best way of being a mom. With my first baby he was born with thrush I tried my hardest for 4 months to do it I would cry dreading the next feeding and finally my gynocologist saw my nipples and sat me down and said Cari you did the best you can now it's time to go to formula because it wasn't doing anyone any good to continue and really I just needed to hear that i was being a good mom. I just wanted to add that just incase it does turn out thrush is involved but if not just do your best and you too can have the the experience with your baby but if not it doesn't make you less of a mom:) Like my grandma said "I raised all these kids on cows milk and look at them fat and healthy!!!!" LOL

Kandice - posted on 02/10/2009

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If the baby is latching properly, it shouldn't hurt at all. Call a lactation specialist, or public health nurse, they will help teach you how to get your child latched on properly.

Helen - posted on 02/10/2009

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I used camilosan, which worked. The important thing is not to give up because that bond is unique and special.

Lexy - posted on 02/10/2009

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If it still hurts after the 1st 2 weeks there may be a latch problem and I would suggest talking to a La Leche League consultant. You can find one in your area by Googling La Leche League. Good Luck, and hang in there, There is nothing else like the bonding between brestfeeding baby and mommy :)

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2009

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It hurt for me with my first baby for the first three weeks but they were cracked open, etc. Once you pass the three week mark it should get much easier but if it doesn't, look for signs of breast infection such as hot to the touch, red, fever, etc. If this is the case contact your OBGYN! They do say that light skinned people suffer a little more discomfort than darker skin...don't know why but it is proven. Hang in there, it does get better. I had NO pain at all with my second and third babies.

Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2009

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also for support you can join the nursing mothers group you may be able to get a lot more advise there from other nursing mother. 

Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2009

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I think the first couple of weeks are the hardest.  once your milk is more established you should be feeling better.  if your nipples are hurting while nursing it may be the baby is not latched on correctly.  try switching positions when nursing too that might help with the pain.  If after a few weeks it is still hurting try contacting a lactation consultant they can be a lot of help.



try to hang in there cause once you get past the pain it is well worth the benifits for you and the baby.  



 

Christine - posted on 02/10/2009

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Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt, unless you have an improper latch, or if your nipples are cracked.  If you feel the latch isn't right, put your finger in your baby's mouth and break the suction and try again.  If you hold your breast like a hamburger (thumb on one side, and other fingers on the other) it wll help in positioning your baby properly.  Make sure your baby's mouth is open wide and has as much of your breast in his mouth as possible and that your baby's lips are around it.  Try different holds while feeding...this can help with latching and also sometimes with pain.  Keep on nursing!  It does get easier.





 

Jenni - posted on 02/10/2009

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ya about 2 weeks but there is this awesome cream u can get that will take the pain away within hours. i went through the pain the first few weeks b4 i discovered it... i forget what it's called "ly" something neways go to a drug store and ask about it... u only need a tiny bit but it will get u through the first couple weeks after that u should be fine unless it's a latch problem

Thyra - posted on 02/10/2009

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The baby is probably not *latching* onto you properly, this can hurt.  Sometimes it takes a while to train the baby to take the nipple properly.  If it hurts break the suction (put your finger near the side of the baby's mouth. .  guide to the nipple)  and try again.  Sometimes a person needs support to assist with learning to assist the baby.  Contact your health nurse or local breat feeding support group.  Breast feeding should not hurt.

Angela - posted on 02/10/2009

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it shoudnt hurt unless yur breasts are cracked if they are use the breast creams available at every store now also make sure the baby is latched on well if it continues call the local hospital or l&d unit you delivered at and ask for a lactation consultant they can come to your home or you to their office evaluate your nipples and if the baby is latched on properly good luck

Elinor - posted on 02/10/2009

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It hurt me a lot off and on for about 6 weeks.  Be diligent about applying the Lanolin.  It will get better, I promise!

Thyra - posted on 02/10/2009

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The baby is probably not *latching* onto you properly, this can hurt.  Sometimes it takes a while to train the baby to take the nipple properly.  If it hurts break the suction (put your finger near the side of the baby's mouth. .  guide to the nipple)  and try again.  Sometimes a person needs support to assist with learning to assist the baby.  Contact your health nurse or local breat feeding support group.  Breast feeding should not hurt.

Kelly - posted on 02/10/2009

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Quoting Charline:

Until when does breastfeeding hurt like hell!?



 



How long have you been breastfeeding??  with my 3 kids it took about 3 weeks to get past all of thepain and after that it was smooth sailing!  The LA LECHE LEAGUE has as ointment that is available at grocery stores and walmart called Lansinoh and it helps relieve dry cracked nipples and you do not have to wipe it off before nursing!  GOOD LUCK

Tiffani - posted on 02/10/2009

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Quoting Charline:

Until when does breastfeeding hurt like hell!?



For about the first two weeks it's at it's worst. After that it should stop hurting. Hang in there, it will get better! 

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009

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Breastfeeding hurt like hell for about 1-2 weeks I think, maybe a bit longer. It'll end up not hurting at all soon! Have you been using Lansinol? It really helped me

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