Toe Curling Pain! Help!

Beth - posted on 03/01/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I attempted to BF my 1st and 2nd children.I lasted 3 days with my first and a week with my second. Both were able to latch on and I was producing more than enough milk. The discomfort level was tolerable in my left breast and unbearable in my right. My right nipple is inverted. (I didn't realize at the time that my nipple was "inverted"...I just thought it looked different.) It would pull out during feedings but I would be crying from the pain. I remember holding my daughter so tightly trying to deal with the pain. I would get more and more upset as we got closer to feeding time because I knew the pain was coming. I felt like a horrible mother getting so upset while BF-ing. We are having a third and I would like to have the experience that everyone refers with BF-ing. Maybe I should just start with the bottle and prevent the whole sage from recurring. Please please please help!

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I know that pain you're talking about. Mine was both sides, but one was more severe than the other. Try pumping for a minute to draw the nipple out and make sure baby latches well. You can wear breast shells in your bra now. This will also help draw the nipple out. I wore them between feedings to prevent my shirt from rubbing my nipples. I also used Soothies (cool, gel packs) after nursing to ease the pain. If you're still having trouble then try the nipple shield. I recommend this as a last resort. If you start to see damage or have extreme pain then use the shield. Make sure it's on correctly. You want to roll the shield up and then press it against your nipple. When it unrolls it will suck your nipple up into it. I had to use the shield for the first 3 months with my first baby. By that time breastfeeding had corrected my nipples and I weaned her off of the shield and didn't need it at all with my second baby. I would look for a La Leche League group now so you can get the support you need. See if your hospital has an IBCLC to assist you. And you can always come back here if you need help when baby gets here! Good luck!!

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Ok I don't have any experience with inverted nipples but pain have had. My pain (which left me sobbing in pain and very nearly made me give up) was caused because I was too full of milk, so my daughter was struggling to get the milk out. I found that just expressing a little milk before she fed eased the pain, it was such a simple fix but I had to go to the doctors to figure it out.



It's always worth trying to bf, even if it's only for a few days that is invaluable to your child. If you can't do it for long you aren't a failure though, sometimes bf just isn't possible. Good luck...you may want to post a specific question about feeding with an inverted nipple to get advice how to work with that :-)

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