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Clear blister/bubble on nipple after BF Baby only 48 hours old

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Just wondered what it is, also baby clicks a little does this mean latch is not ok.
Very sleepy feeder too tips on how to stimulate keep awake.
How do I know if he is feeding or just sucking for comfort
Sorry lots of questions.

Anyone??

Dragonbutter Sun 24-Aug-08 21:49:34

bumping for you
not sure where the bf experts are tonight.

does it hurt?

sushistar Sun 24-Aug-08 21:51:10

It sounds like the latch is a bit off, no1 - can you call someone to get them to check? Make sure baby's mouth is open reaaaally wide before you put them on the breast. Hold baby's neck, rather than the back of the head - this is so they have space to put their head back and open wide. Do get it looked at asap or you might get sore.

Sleepy feeder - there's lots of evidence that babies are stimulated to feed by skin-to-skin contact. Strip baby down to nappy, and take off your top and bra, and go to bed with him/her. Get someone to bring you tea and cake regularly. Lie baby on your chest or tummy, and every time s/he seems the slightest bit interested in milk (routing, searching for the nipple, crying, grumbling, opening eyes and mouth...) put baby to the breast.

At this stage it's unlikely that your milk has come in, so baby needs to feed often often OFTEN - at least every hour really! THis wioll stimulate your milk. There's no difference, at 2 days, between 'comfort sucking' and feeding really - just let baby suck when s/he wants.

Dragonbutter Sun 24-Aug-08 21:52:30

found this thread.

sushistar Sun 24-Aug-08 21:52:58

This nhs website has pictures of how to get a good latch.
http://www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk/en/fe/page.asp?n1=3

Thanks so much will try all that.

ILikeYourSleeves Sun 24-Aug-08 21:55:22

I had a few of those blisters on my nipple at the start of BFing but they went any on their own after a few weeks I think (?). They are due to a blocked duct and can be cleared by putting a warm wet flannel on your boob before baby feeds, although I didn't do this as they weren't sore and mine just went away by themselves. If they are sore or you feel ill I'd run it by the HV / midwife as it could maybe be mastitis too.

Re keeping baby awake, don't stroke his head while you feed (I used to do that and midwife told me it would just lull DS to sleep), shake your arms a bit to jiggle him awake, change nappy between boob feeds, take off an item of clothing etc. How long does he feed for? My DS fed for an hour sometimes which was for comfort, you can tell when they are really feeding as you hear slurps and can hear / see them swallow.

Congrats on your baby BTW!

Poledra Sun 24-Aug-08 21:56:55

Not a bfing expert, but I have had these 'sucking blisters' on my breasts when feeding dd2 and when expressing using an electric pump for dd3 (she was too poorly to feed). They are just a blister and will burst and then heal (IME) without too much problem. It might make the latch-on sting a bit on that side but it should NOT be painful for more than a few seconds.
To keep a sleepy feeder awake, I have tickled ears, blown gently onto faces, removed some clothing, especially from feet as I then tickle those. Also, try changing your LO's nappy when (s)he gets sleepy.
I was never able to distinguish comfort-sucking from feeding with dd1, but can now. Watch as the baby starts to feed - they start with quick sucks then as the milk comes down, they settle into long slow deep sucks. Comfort sucking is much shallower, and generally has long pauses between sucks.

Can I just say again, this is only my experience, and I am no expert. I'm sure one will be along shortly smile

sushistar Sun 24-Aug-08 22:04:51

If your milk has not come in, no1, then even the 'comfort sucking' will help to tell your breasts to make milk. Unless it's really difficult for you for some reason, just let her suck - there shoudl be other peopel around cooking etc?

The 'clicky' noises, as much as the blister, was what suggested to me that the latch might not be right - do get it checked if you can.

pudding25 Sun 24-Aug-08 22:31:57

My dd used to fall asleep constantly in the beginning. I would gradually strip her down and also get a piece of cotton wool soaked in water and dab her forehead and legs to rouse her. Picking her up and putting her down on the mat/sofa also helped. I am exhausted even thinking about it - and it was only a couple of months ago! It does get easier though. Now, she is too busy looking around to want to feed and is too awake!
Good luck, hope you get the blisters sorted.

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