When does breastfeeding stop hurting?

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Keisha - posted on 05/09/2009

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Awww..It will :) just stick with it.... please. I had pain for about the first 2 weeks or so then it let up. Try to use Lansinoh it really helps. After the first few weeks or so it will be a breeze trust me. The most common tip that many people suggest would be to make sure the baby is not latching on to the nipple. However this is hard to do at times. The baby is going to adjust and do whatever he or she wants and when they get comfortable nursing a certain way, that's just they way it will be. Between nipple pain and engorgement, I would sit and cry sometimes nursing our first son, but I just kept thinking that it will be over soon and its the best thing for him...and like I said in 2 or 3 weeks it was fine.

Dara - posted on 05/09/2009

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I had pain for about 4 weeks. Yes, I was doing it right because I had several visits from the lactation specialist. I think I just had sensitive nipples. But right about the 5th week I noticed it wasn't hurting anymore and it's been a piece of cake since! (On some days when she's particularly hungry I still can get a little sore.) Not everyone is the same so follow your instincts. Don't feel wrong or bad upset that you may be different.

Natalie - posted on 05/08/2009

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breastfeeding hurt me for two weeks, i used to literally get my husband to tell me how long she had been on for because i nearly behitting the ceiling from pain and he'd go eerr 1 minute !!!!!!! but it does stop hurting an it gets easier and easier everyday, and it the end it's no pain what so ever !!! starting is the most painful it is !!! well was for me anyway.

good luck xx

Jane - posted on 05/07/2009

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Hi, I'm new to circle of mums and live in France, although had all of my three children in the UK. I suffered with each of my children so I know what you're going through. My first health visitor told me it takes six weeks for the pain to stop - and that's what it took! I did use the cabbage leaves (straight from the fridge) as someone else suggested, and that gave some relief. I also used nipple shields, which were a life saver. The only advice I was given on their use is don't get totally reliant on them! Use them until you can 'wean yourself' off them! With my third, she fed well from one side but the other was so painful I ended up using a breast pump on that side and feeding her the milk from a bottle until my nipples had healed again. Eventually we got through it and it really is the best feeling ever. If you want to do this, please stick with it - give it six weeks if you can. It will be worth it. PLease do check that it's not mastitis as I had that twice - not only are things more painful than ever but you feel so ill with it too. Hope this helps a little. ps with latching on pain, I found breathing in and out as if you were having a contraction and counting to 10 seemed to help - the pain always finished by 10!!!

Mire - posted on 05/08/2009

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My mom's a lactation consultant who is very good and can do over the phone consultations depending on the situation. Let me know if you'd like her info.

Mire-

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Beth - posted on 05/09/2009

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uve gotten some very good advice on here altho I dont agree with the nipple shields.....Im a former laleche league member and they recommeded that.....main thing is a proper latch and also if ur still preg, do some nipple rolls where u have ur roll ur nipples between fingers and thumb tugging very gently as u do......this helps break up ne possible adhesions u may have in ur nipples plus if u have flat or inverted nipples this will make it easier 4 the baby 2 latch on after birth.......remember 1st time out is a learning experience!!! happy breastfeeding!! ur doin a wonderful thing 4 ur baby and u!!!!

Jessica - posted on 05/08/2009

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it hurts at first but if it continues longer than a week or tow than the baby probably isnt latching right i would call your local health unit and speak to a lactation consultant they are a great help!!

Rebecca - posted on 05/08/2009

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I cannot remember when exactly as my son is nearly 1 1/2 years old but all I can say is stay with it & persevere because one feed it just happens & there IS NO PAIN AT ALL!!!!!!

Chelsea - posted on 05/07/2009

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i actually also heard that pain during feeding is not suppose to occur. the reason there is pain is because the latch is wrong. most mothers who breastfeed state that they are sore, but the pain will go away once you and the baby acquire the correct possition...

Nicole - posted on 05/07/2009

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For me it was a few weeks before the pain really went away. It was primarily only painful when she was latching on, but WOW, it was painful. I almost teared up each time. Eventually it did go away though...

Traci - posted on 05/07/2009

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It shouldn't hurt if you are doing it properly, you should seek a lactation consultant

Davon - posted on 05/07/2009

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BF if you aren't pregnant and your baby is an infant, the most painful period is around the 2nd week. Your nipples are adjusting at this time, and proper latching and unlatching is essential. When I was BF'ing, i had a lactation consultant help me with this part. A lot of times if the baby is not latched off properly, it can cause excruciating pain. However, its been noted that you are currently preggers, so the increase in hormones may be causing your nipple sensitivity while your current child is feeding.

Tanya - posted on 05/07/2009

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I was pregnant and nursing up until the end of my second trimester when my daughter just didnt like it anymore. I never experianced pain however.

Kendall - posted on 05/07/2009

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Gosh I remember having that problem. I remember the best thing to help was to put ICE on my breast. I also went and got a Medela Nipple Sheild. That is really used to make your nipple come out more to make it easier for the baby to latch on easier but I used to ease myself and my daughter into breast feeding!!! You can get them at Target. They are a life saver. It will hurt to breast feeding will stop hurting a few weeks. Just tough it out. It is sooooo worth it!

Rebecca - posted on 05/07/2009

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Although my baby attached well and I didn't have thrush, breastfeeding hurt me the first couple weeks simply because my baby had a strong suck. sometimes it takes awhile for the breasts to toughen up if there isn't any medical reason for the pain.

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it shouldnt be very painful, at first it is a little because your engourged and your nipples arnt tough but after the first 2 weeks it shouldn't be painful at all. If your too full try pumping to get some of the milk out. If you get a fever see your doctor it could be mastitis.

Shannon - posted on 05/07/2009

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Breastfeeding will feel a little uncomfortable at first, make sure you are using some kind of lanolin cream to prevent cracking in between feedings. As soon as the baby learns how to latch on correctly it shouldn't be as bothersome anymore. Hope this helped! Hang in there!

Anastasia - posted on 05/07/2009

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i was told it was suppose to stop at 6 weeks but mine continued to be just bearable pain until 3 months. mine was due to bubs latch. the midwife looked at me like i was an idiot and told me that i was just oversensitive and that the pain would fade quick, but it never did until i stopped listening to them and followed my own instincts. bubs 6 months now and i'm pain free. my nipple was always squashed so that was where my pain was from. your nipple should come out of bubs mouth still round and probably a little bigger from all the sucking. it also hurts when their lips are tucked towards the inside of their mouths and not sitting nicely on your breast.

Mel - posted on 05/07/2009

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never for me but i only breast fed 2 weeks and only on occasions after that. i would start sweating before i had to feed because it hurt so bad i almost couldnt stand the pain. bottle feedin all the way for me! maybe try expressing milk into a bottle to give you a rest? just remember there is nothing wrong with formula feeding dont feel pressured into breast feeding if you dont want however if you would like to breast feed hang in there! get some advice from the professionals and im sure it all gets easier as they gets older

Tamie - posted on 05/06/2009

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It hurts when you aren't getting the baby to latch properly and after you do this over and over all day it can hurt really bad. I breastfeed for 11 months and it stopped hurting after a week or so. I had some cream that the doctor gave me to put on my nipples to help with the soreness. The cream is save to use and okay if the baby gets some in his mouth

Tina - posted on 05/06/2009

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Everything that I was going to say has already been said. Just remember that there are lactation specialists that can help you out. Breastfeeding should not hurt it should be a breathtaking experience between you and your child. Please don't hesitate to have someone show you just in case baby isn't latching on properly or you might just not be built to breastfeed and you might have to pump to get your baby the nourishment from the breast milk.
Everyone on here Rocks!

Becky - posted on 05/06/2009

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Hang in there-it gets easier! My son's tongue is really short (they wanted to clip the tissue that connects his tounge) because of this- it was hard for him to nurse and it hurt most of the time. I managed to continue breastfeeding against all odds for 7 months. I have to say the more he nursed even with this issue, the less it hurt (maybe I got used to it or my nipples got rougher) Good luck and hang in there :)

Elizabeth - posted on 05/06/2009

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i know its weird but there are also videos on youtube.com that show exactly how a baby is supposed to latch on. i think its normal to be sore for the first couple of days while both you and your baby r learning, but after that if it still hurts then the baby is not latching on correctly. i had that problem with my second, it just takes practice and the nurses will help you if u ask...good luck

Maureen - posted on 05/06/2009

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first one was fine but i had rainards with the second and it was like shards of glass at you nipples it had me in tears some nights as the doctors and lactation lady had no idea what was going on and i phoned my midwife and lucky she had come across it once before in her career as it was rare and we got it sorted out . i feel for you as i`ve been there . go try the lactation as it might be lactation or thrush and i`d put cabbage leaves in your bra as that work really well too for sore full boobies til then . all the best .

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2009

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I agree, it is poor attachment, and there are many trained people out there to help you, remember its breast feeding not nipple feeding...seek help, u should not be in pain, i personally would not use a nipple shield, try getting the help first...here in the UK we have breastfeeding buddies that help mums, im sorry i have no idea about the US but ure midwife, health visitor or equivalent will be able to help you. Thinkin of you...xx

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It is so hard to say this, because I went through the same thing you are going through, but--- you're doing it wrong. You really should see a lactation consultant immediately. I had pain for 5 months, and had 2 separate breast infections before the doctor watched and told me I was doing it wrong. It's NOT just the nipple and the areola that have to go in the baby's mouth. They have to latch to the actual stuff under the area too. My first child only wanted to grasp on to the nipple. Not only does this cause pain and severe tenderness, it causes your breast to not be able to empty as it should. If you can feel milk (or a lot of pressure) in some of the glands around your breast after nursing, you should definitely seek a lactation consultant. I had a friend that said she had the same problem, but her doctor recommended someone to her. She finally broke down and went (her baby was 6 weeks old already) and her pain went away in less than a week. Best of luck to you, I'll keep you in my thoughts!

Jackie - posted on 05/06/2009

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I did not have pain breastfeeding with either of my kids. Use Lanolin every time you nurse, it is safe, and you do not have to wash it off. Just put it on your nipples, before or after nursing. Good Luck, and it looks like you have gotten some other good advice.

Brittany - posted on 05/06/2009

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Also, my friend gave me a tip before I ever had my daughter, try to get as much as the areola in their mouth as possible, not just the nipple.

Brittany - posted on 05/06/2009

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I was pretty lucky. I never really hurt from breastfeeding except for the day my milk came in. Now, I just hurt when my boobs are full and that's it. If you are hurting, you can try laniloh (i think it's spelled) i got it but haven't needed it. your supposed to be able to leave it on when the baby nurses but i put it on once in the hospital and when my baby went to nurse she pulled her head back and cried. I don't think she liked the taste. Good luck with you and I hope you quit hurting real soon.

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I agree with Jenifer. Go to your doctor to test for thrush and make sure both of you are treated. Check out some breast shields by the pump companies, the thinner the better, but make sure you have the local lactation consultant help you. Usually the WIC office in your area has some very good info as well as a IBCLC, too. If not, ask to talk to one they have access to.

Jamie - posted on 05/06/2009

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For me I was lucky that the pain went away in the first few days, but it helped that I talked to a lactation colsultant and my mom about it. If it starts hurting later on like it did me, I went to the dr and both me and my baby got checked and found out that we had thrush. It is painfully for the mother and for the baby.

Shelagh - posted on 05/06/2009

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Bless you. It will, honest. But there's definitely a design fault - proof that God, if there is a God, isn't a woman :)

Stick with it. When the going gets tough, the tough get nipple shields.

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Lynette, usually pain during breastfeeding is not normal, but I clicked on your Circle of Moms profile and noticed you're expecting in December - some women do experience pain breastfeeding while pregnant. Some things you may want to try are making sure you have a proper latch (maybe see a lactation consultant) and drink lots and lots of water. You also may want to be sure you don't have thrush - when you're pregnant, your body is a lot more susceptible to yeast infections. Good luck!

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