(Closed) We’ve got a nipple chomper…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
47189 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Every time she does that, break the latch with your finger and start again.

The most common cause of nipple problems is an incorrect latch.

Post # 4
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Ouch, that sounds really painful.  I’m not sure since we didnt have this problem (other ones though), but is she keeping the latch deep enough?  If you cup your breast with your hand to help keep things in place, maybe that would help? 

I also found that applying lanolin right after a warm shower felt really nice and helped heal things up.  It can also be put on before you nurse, which may help a little.  Best wishes. 

Post # 5
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hm, if she is doing it with her toungue it is a trickier issue than if she is sliding off because of positioning or otherwise, I would immediately un-latch her as soon as you feel her pushing our nipple with her toungue (I assume you can feel when she is doing it) and re-latch her deeply, make sure that she is always unlatched as soon as she goes shallow, don’t let he continue to nurse at all once she starts slipping, she should get the idea that being shallow = not being fed. I am sure she will be frustrated at first (and you too) but it should help re-train her to stop the behaviour.

Post # 6
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Re: latching, sometimes it would take us almost 20 tries to get (and keep) a proper latch that didn’t hurt.

Post # 7
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

how long have you been breastfeeding? if you’re just starting out, your baby might outgrow it within a few weeks. my son did the same exact thing for the first few weeks but outgrew it by about 4 weeks. a few things that my lactation consultant suggested that worked were:

– like the PP said, each time your baby latches incorrectly, break the latch with your finger at the side of her mouth. it teaches her not to latch poorly and also saves your nipples from some excruciating pain. when you relatch, it’s important to catch that exact moment when she opens their mouth super wide and POP your nipple in as deep as you can. it can get tedious, but it will work out eventually with practice.

– switch positions and breasts at each feeding. the hospital lactation consultant (and many breastfeeding books) often recommend to do 10-15 mins on one side, and then switch. but this can lead to your baby getting to much foremilk and not enough hindmilk (which my baby started showing signs of…) AND increases the number of times per feeding that you have to accomplish a good latch. so i just do one breast per feeding. in addition, changing holds (football hold one time, cradle hold the next, etc.) will put pressure on different parts of your nipple each time and save you from some pain.

– not sure if this is one of the exercises your consultant recommended, but practice helping your baby suck with their tongue down by letting them suck on your (clean) finger and gently pushing their tongue down with each suck. i didn’t do this that much, but i do think it helped a bit.

– catch the baby before they are starving and frantic. in those early weeks, when DS was hungry, he was HUNGRY FAST. i had to really catch him before he was crying frantically or else he would get super frustrated when trying to latch on, making it really hard for him to get a good latch. i would suggest that if your baby seems hungry at all, offer a feeding first and if they are still fussy, eliminate other things (diaper change, over/under stimulation, etc).

also, if it’s any comfort, my nipples were a hot mess for the first few weeks. i couldn’t believe that women have been doing this for centuries. it was excruciating – cracking, scabbing, raw areas. UGH. but it did heal and now bfing is painless and actually very gratifying. hang in there 🙂

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