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ch1134 Sun 09-Feb-14 12:51:21

When I feed, I get shooting pains in both breasts. Stabbing, electric shock like pain. the midwife said it's my milk 'coming down', whatever that means. No-one ever mentioned this to me! Any ideas when it will stop? We're 3 weeks in now.
Also, one painful nipple, trying to get the latch right... any advice on how long it will take for this to clear up? Getting a bit fed up with having been constantly uncomfortable since the birth!

Justgotosleepnow Sun 09-Feb-14 12:54:17

Oh I had that too. No one could tell me what it was. Horrible. But it did go away after a few weeks, and hasn't come back.

CitrusyOne Sun 09-Feb-14 12:55:15

Yes, I had the pain too- excruciating, and worse at night. But it just went away, and I don't think I even noticed when it did.

ch1134 Sun 09-Feb-14 12:57:35

Good to know, thank you both for swift replies

stargirl1701 Sun 09-Feb-14 12:58:28

Yes, I had this. Painful (fuck, yeah!) let down. It went away after 6 weeks. I got with bf and expressing.

I found bf far more painful than labour/childbirth.

Justgotosleepnow Sun 09-Feb-14 21:17:04

If still struggling with latch at 3 weeks check for tongue tie.

And look at the shape of baby's head. Is it still a funny shape from the birth?

Mine came out with her hand up by her head (ouch shock) and looked squished for a while and the cranial osteopath sorted out the skull shape & fixed the latch in 2 appointments.

But bf does take a good few weeks to get the hang of, so keep taking baby off & relatching. Don't leave them on & do damage.

crikeybadger Sun 09-Feb-14 21:46:16

Sounds like the mw was referring to the milk ejection reflex.
Does the pain subside as the feed goes on? If so, that could be it.

Also for your sore nipple, just keep trying to get the attachment right, bring your baby in really close when feeding and make sure the baby's mouth covers more of the areola below the nipple than above. You could also try some other positions to see if that helps.

ch1134 Mon 10-Feb-14 09:17:53

Thank you

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