(Closed) When does it get easier – breast feeding

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Tisty1982: I don’t have kids (yet) so I can’t really offer any advice.

However, I might be able to offer you a giggle by telling you that I initially read your username at “Titsy” and it made me chuckle at the thread title Wink

I hope you find a solution that works for you!

Post # 18
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It will get better and then it will get worse and then better again.  At least that seems to be how we go and my little man is now 8 months old EBF.  You can do it if you want to.  We are looking at breastfeeding until he is 2 (he has food issues so he doesn’t get dairy). 

Ideas: Make sure that you guys don’t have thrush or another medical reason for a bad latch (tongue tied).  If it hurts really bad, pump on one side all day and nurse on the other all day.  Then switch the next day.  Every time I had a blister pop, I did this and it helped to relieve the pressure.  Don’t get lazy, stay on top of the latch and the baby until they do it right.  I know you  just want to get it done and make sure they eat enough but it is so important to fix it early.  That is why we get worse is that he will occasionally get lazy and eventually it will hurt again.

It takes time for your body to build up callouses to the sucking so give it some time.  Try ice and aquaphor or lanolin for the friction.  You can do it momma!!!

Have your husband know that you need his support to continue and that you love he is open to letting you stop.  But you want him to put that on the back burner and really encourage you to continue. 

Post # 19
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m pretty sure most every new mom on the hive has been like: HOLY HANNAH! This hurts, I don’t know if I can do it much longer…etc etc etc

Just remember that its a learning process- both baby and mother have to learn how to breastfeed. There is definately going to be some trial and error and miscommunication.

Def check out La Leche league and one thing I’ve heard alot is shove it all -really get the boob and nipple in the mouth. Some mothers have the baby just hanginng off the end and it is excruciating.

Hang in there, most women agree it gets better! If not, your not a failure and do what you need to make both of you happy and healthy!

Post # 20
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It gets better. I had EXTREME letdown pain for the first.. 4 weeks or so? Like, squeezing my eyes shut and I couldn’t speak. But it was only for 20 seconds or so and then it would be ok. I read in some book that pain with let down is normal. Now, at 14ish weeks, it feels uncomfortable, but really just a sudden fullness instead of pain.

I heard the same stuff that some people have said here.. if you’re doing it right it shouldn’t hurt.. I call BS. The lactation consultant said his latch was perfect yet I had to bleed and scab over before it started getting better. I also had to shield my nipples when I showered and I coated them with lanolin before and after since showering was so painful to my sore boobies.

6 weeks and you should be golden, it goes by fast! Good luck 🙂

Post # 21
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a postpartum nurse and when I see ladies with this, I teach them to pop a finger in the baby’s mouth for a few seconds. Initially babies bite before they suck so maybe this is your issue? I hope it helps! If that’s not it, good luck, and I have heard it gets easier!

Post # 22
3770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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@julies1949: Have you breastfed before?

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@mechiebaby: Completly agree on the BS meter.

Let down can be very painful, cracked nipples, etc can be very painful. Have someone suck very hard on your nipples for hours everyday, while for the first few minutes poke your breast with needles.

OP, I hope things are going better for you. Stick with it if you can and it will get better (assuming baby girl is still latchig correctly). And if it doesn’t there are other alternatives. Good luck!

Post # 23
64 posts
Worker bee

It took closer to 8 weeks until I didn’t have to think about breastfeeding anymore. The baby gets more efficient, the feedings start to space out…out of my pure laziness I’m glad I stuck with it because now it is the easiest thing. Baby’s hungry, stick boob in mouth. Done!

Every LC I’ve seen has told me that it shouldn’t hurt, but I’ve only heard one or two women claim that experience. It’s a wet/moist/rough friction on your nipple around the clock. I have no idea how that is not supposed to be at least uncomfortable.

Post # 24
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m a little late to the party here, but wanted to suggest a nipple shield. My nipples were cracked and bleeding within the first 24 hrs, and the lactation consultant at the hospital fitted me for a shield. My nipples were able to heal with minimal discomfort, and we’ve been able to breastfeed the entire time– again, minimal discomfort. I got lazy and used it all the time when I was sick (stomach flu and then mastitis), so now we’re working on weaning off of the shield (not going to lie– weaning off the shield is tough), but it’s the only reason I’ve been able to make it almost 7 weeks now.

Post # 25
17 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@ieatunicorns: Actually it’s not BS. I have EBF my LO for the last 8 months and have had  next to no pain. The first few days there was some discomfort while my nipples got used to the whole process but it wasn’t painful. If the latch is correct it shouldn’t hurt. I am sorry that that has not been your experience but everyone is different and just because you didn’t experience it doesn’t mean it’s BS. 

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