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    Default Question about latching affecting supply.


    I know it is relatively pain free if baby latches properly onto breast tissue rather than just aerola and nipple. Correct me if I am wrong.


    My breasts are small but I have big nipple and aerola, at least big enough that they fit into baby's mouth just nicely. It hurts when he latches on cos his gum clamps onto my aerola and sometimes he sucks my nipple in. But I just can't get him to open his mouth wide and face centre where my nipple is.


    He would turn his head to the left or right with big mouth when he's cradle-held but that isn't where my nipple is. And his hands are all over the place I cannot see at times when his mouth's open wide. It hurts most times latching on. He is able to still suck and swallow being latched to my aerola n nipple.


    My question is, if your baby usually latches onto your aerola and nipple, can he/she still stimulate your breasts enough to increase your supply?


    Or to achieve that, latching must be done on the breast tissue?

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    Default Question about latching affecting supply.

    More milk comes out if baby is properly attached ie nipple and areola. So more milk out = more milk made. They also work less for it and therefore are less tired/cranky.

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    So my bubs latching correctly, but it hurts so bad when he first clamps down with his gums. That's the most dreadful part.

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    I had massive pain for about 4 weeks whenever bubs latched on. It was excrutiating! The pain was that bad that I wasnt getting a let down because I was so focussed on the pain and couldnt relax. But after about 4 weeks the pain just started to fade away until it was all gone.

    It happened with my other 2 boys as well. All latch properly but it was just painful.

    I dont believe the 'if they latch correctly it shouldnt hurt' garbage. Nipples are sensitive things and for most of their life they dont have someone sucking on them 24x7. Have you put your finger in bubs mouth to suck? They have a powerful suck action so its no wonder there is some pain!

    It will get better! I just worked through it and DD is still now BFing at almost 12 months.

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    Default Question about latching affecting supply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mom2TwoDSs View Post
    So my bubs latching correctly, but it hurts so bad when he first clamps down with his gums. That's the most dreadful part.
    Yes there is a sensation when bub attaches. But over time it subsides and you get user to it. now it's barely noticeable and I'm onto the 23rd month of bf-ing 2 children.

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    Can't comment on if this is normal as have no experience but have a 9 day old and am experiencing the same thing.

    He attaches to my left breast so much better than the right. Don't know if this is because my right is so sore or not. Am assuming so. I try so hard to get him to latch properly but sometimes I'm not successful because he is continually putting his hands in the way. Like he will get his mouth open and tongue down and I will be like great, and then in 2 seconds flat his hands are in the way.

    I've tried pinning his hands under my boob but then he doesn't seem to open his mouth as wide.

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    Default Question about latching affecting supply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Donnab739 View Post
    Can't comment on if this is normal as have no experience but have a 9 day old and am experiencing the same thing.

    He attaches to my left breast so much better than the right. Don't know if this is because my right is so sore or not. Am assuming so. I try so hard to get him to latch properly but sometimes I'm not successful because he is continually putting his hands in the way. Like he will get his mouth open and tongue down and I will be like great, and then in 2 seconds flat his hands are in the way.

    I've tried pinning his hands under my boob but then he doesn't seem to open his mouth as wide.
    Yea - hand interference is common.


 

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