Post # 1
My daughter is 8 days old today (yay!) and everything is going great outside of breastfeeding. At first she wasn’t latching on correctly s mynipples got bruised. Next my milk came in and they hurt SO much and she had issues latching at all. We’ve now made it through both those hurdles, but itstill hurts very time I feed her. The initial latch is SO painful! It gets a little better but still stings the whole time and then after my breasts and nipple burn! She seems to be latching correctly but the pain is still there. Does this ever go away? I want to ebf for the first year but man this hurts! Please tell me it gets better!!!!
Post # 3
Hi! I have no advice for you, sorry, but I didn’t know you had your baby, congratulations!! 🙂
Post # 4
It does get better over time. I found the 6 week mark to be the turning point. One thing a lactation conultant recommened was pumping a few minutes before latching on so let down wasn’t so painful. Congratulations on your baby and try to hang in there it will get better!
Post # 5
Thanks! This is the first time I’ve come close to a computer since she’s been born. It’s been a crazy week, but the best week in my life!! She is the most amazing thing ever!!! I love her so much!
Post # 6
Congrats on your little girl! That’s so exciting!
I don’t think I have much to offer in the way of help, but keep your chin up. Try and take it one day at a time, and I’m sure things will get better. 🙂
Post # 7
Can you go to your public health unit and ask to speak with a lactation consultant?
Post # 8
@AllRosesandSunshine: the hospital has a consultant I’ve seen while in the hospital and once since going home. I’m going to a mommy and baby class tomorrow she facilitates so I’ll talk to her then, but wanted some feedback from other mommies. My dh keeps telling me I can quit anytime if I want to, but I really want to do this. I’ve been setting small goals to try to help. I said I wanted to make it through tomorrow and then re-evaluate. But I know this is what is best for her so i just can’t see myself stopping. I just don’t want to be miserable every feeding either!!
Post # 9
@Tisty1982: Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!
My daughter will be 11 weeks old tomorrow, and believe me, in some ways, it feels like she was born last week. The time really flies.
I had very similar issues breastfeeding at first. But now, it’s a total breeze. She latches on by herself with almost no help from me, she nurses like a pro, and she stays only 10 or 15 minutes on each side. If you want to nurse her exclusively for a year, you can do just that. Stick with it. It’s hard and it can be painful, but remember that she’s only 8 days old, and she, too, has to learn how to nurse. I found it got better after a couple of weeks.
See if your hospital has a breastfeeding support group. Mine does, and it meets weekly, and it’s been a great thing for me.
Feel free to private message me if you want someone to ventilate to or get unconditional support from.
Post # 10
I EBF all three of my babies, and it does get so much easier! With my second I didn’t have the correct latch, and they got super sore. In order to let the area heal, I would twist my boob a little so he latched in a different area on the areola. I only had to do that for a day or so. It seemed to heal quickly once he wasn’t putting pressure on the area. And we corrected his latch , ofcourse! I didn’t like pumping, I always got really sore from pumping. I would say, check your latch again, and if it is good, any soreness should go away soon.
Also, you can get free help from La Leche League. Good luck, it really does get so much easier!
Post # 11
You can do it! The lactation consultant I talked to recommended taking tylenol every 4-6 hours during the first few weeks. She also mentioned that you could take tylenol at 12 and 6 and ibprofen at 3 and 9 to get some relief from the inital soreness.
You should make sure, though, that you don’t have burning, shooting pains from thrush, or compression of your nipple from a bad latch or other issue (by making sure your nipple is a round shape when your baby comes off, not squished). Not to worry you, just to make sure you don’t have another issue causing you pain that you could fix.
Post # 12
Except for the discomfort of letdown, you shouldn’t have pain when nursing. Almost always if breastfeeding is painful, it is because the baby is not latched properly. If so, this will result in sore nipples.
Dr Jack Newman is an amazing expert on breastfeeding. You can watch videos that will help you with many aspects of breastfeeding including latching.
Post # 13
Yes it gets easier! Your story sounds just like mine, and that initial latch (ouch) yes that would hurt for a few seconds each time, make my toes curl! but then one day I noticed that I hadn’t felt that ouch feel for awhile. I’d say around the 6 week mark is accurate. Stick with it and just remember to relax during that very beginning latch. 😉
Post # 14
Go to LLL. They are amazing and really have helped a lot of women in my area with breastfeeding. I absolutely love LLL.
Post # 15
If you have a pump you could try pumping and feeding the baby from a bottle to give yourself a break from the pain. Nipple guards can also ease discomfort due to the baby not latching on correctly, but I was told the best thing to do is to pop the babies mouth off the breast each time she latches incorrectly and make sure the baby is opening her mouth as wide as possible when she latches.
Post # 16
It gets better I promise. I didnt have cracking or bleeding or bruising, but my nipples were sore. Id say it stopped around 6 weeks and from there was just a breeze. Stick to it, I pomise it gets better!