Started breast feeding my lovely little girl, latching lovely, big wide open mouth and using lanolin cream after every feed. The problem is its just become excruciatingly painful each deep suck curls my toes! Is this normal? Do I just feed through? I'm not quitting just yet because I love it, any tips? Oh it's only day 3 of feeding
I remember having this during first few days/weeks. It does stop, but I can't really remember when. I always found it worse during the night feeds when I was cold and tired.
You're doin a brilliant job giving your baby what she needs- keep at it
Congrats in dd
There is some 'normal' pain at the beginning but if it is excruciating pain I would ask midwife or ring LLL for advice ASAP. Don't leave it or call 'tomorrow'.
If its a deep pain it may be thrush in your breast? Check your dd's mouth, does she have a film of white (not milk) on her tongue? If so, you and her can be easily treated with a trip to your GP.
Has your milk come in?
Is the pain in one area of you breasts or all over pain? If one area, it could be engorgement, which could lead to blocked ducts, or mastitis (infection). Again, perfectly treatable but you must get checked out.
Congratulations try and see your midwife or bf support group so they can give you some tips it is Normal to feel tender but pain suggests you may need to tweak your positioning and attachment it may be something as simple as aiming you nipple to baby's nose as if your nipple goes straight into the baby's mouth it's like a cheese grater on your nipple just a thought you could try good luck :-)
Congratulations on your baby!
Breastfeeding HURTS. I persevered for about 8 days - until my nipples were raw, bleeding etc. then I started using nipple shields They were great. I used them for about 3 months then stopped. DD didnt seem to notice any difference - and she is still happily feeding twice a day now at 15 months.
as well as eating everything she can get her hands on
Is the pain throughout the feed or just at the start? If it's just at the start, I had this with both DC, just gritted teeth until it passed each feed, and it got better and eventually went away after a week or two. It was a painful letdown reflex and my boobs just needed to get used to feeding.
If the pain is all the way through the feed then you need to check for latch issues, thrush, tongue tie etc.
welovegrapes I had heard that too (re. Nipple shields) and was very wary - but I would have stopped breastfeeding as I was in too much pain so they were a Godsend for me as they allowed me to continue breastfeeding. My DD had no problem with her latch - it was just the friction caused cuts - which couldn't heal as she was feeding every 2 hours. I still have scars.
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