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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Imagine someone sucking on your earlobe for 30-40 mins every two hours. Even if done "properly" a bit of tenderness and soreness is to be expected- because it's not something you're used to. It should lessen if doing properly- and if tongue and lip ties are ruled out.
    This is an awesome description.

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    I found that with all 3 kidlets, LCs would say that my latch looked perfect, (even though it felt terrible/wrong). Have realised after the fact (wasn't aware of what an upper lip tie was and was assured that tongue ties have no impact in bfing pfft) that all 3 children have grade 4 upper lip ties and tongue ties which had a huge impact on our bfing journey. So for me, it wasn't so much that we were doing it wrong, I should have listened to my instincts that something wasn't quite right.

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    I'm not sure... both girls latched really well and I never had to put creams or anything on my nips from them breastfeeding, but I did have to occasionally with pumping.

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    False, false, false, false, FALSE!
    Whilst this may be true in many instances it is not for me.
    Apart from the toe curling 30-60 second attachment pain that at times was as painful as birthing (I kid you not) it took me 5 months to get to feed pain free. Even after that I had a recurring bleb which was really painful. It got smaller and smaller each time it came back to the point you wouldn't know it was there, but I knew.

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    Yes - it is awful - and proof that bfing doesn't hurt only if you are doing something wrong!

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    Exactly this for me and DS1.

    DS3 the pain was horrendous as well but the LC said it was due to me tensing up every time because I was so petrified of it hurting so badly again. Vaspospasm sucks!

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    I've breastfed two kids and my verdict is that it is TRUE. With my first (DS), all the problems I had stemmed from poor attachment. I ended up breastfeeding him for nearly 4 years though, so we got it down pat in the end.

    With my second (DD) I knew what to do straight away and breastfeeding went smoothly from day 1. It never hurt with her. I breastfed her for 15 months.

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    I would even go so far as to say that comments such as "if it hurts you're doing it wrong" are actually detrimental as it can give women false expectations of what BFing will be like. If it does then hurt for no obvious or diagnosable reason they are then left feeling abnormal.

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    Interesting responses, and what I have always suspected. Thanks girls. I was teetering on putting the baby straight on formula but I have decided I'm going to give it another go, but have realistic expectations.

    I have flat nipples which make attachment so much worse so think I will invest in nipple shields.

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    I would even go so far as to say that comments such as "if it hurts you're doing it wrong" are actually detrimental as it can give women false expectations of what BFing will be like. If it does then hurt for no obvious or diagnosable reason they are then left feeling abnormal.
    Yes! This is what annoys me. Here is an LC clearly saying if it hurts you are doing it wrong. So when women feel pain they automatically think they are bfing incorrectly. it also sets women up to believe bfing is painless. Yes for some it is, but for most it isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Interesting responses, and what I have always suspected. Thanks girls. I was teetering on putting the baby straight on formula but I have decided I'm going to give it another go, but have realistic expectations.

    I have flat nipples which make attachment so much worse so think I will invest in nipple shields.



    Yes! This is what annoys me. Here is an LC clearly saying if it hurts you are doing it wrong. So when women feel pain they automatically think they are bfing incorrectly. it also sets women up to believe bfing is painless. Yes for some it is, but for most it isn't.
    If you're in a position to, I'd suggest contacting an IBCLC to help you in the first few days, to give yourself the best chance possible. They can help you use the shields if needed and hel you learn to attach. There are some that will do Skype consultations too if there isn't one local to you. There are also those little suction thingies for flat nipples, to help pull them out. And just putting it out there- PM me anytime. I've read more on breastfeeding than I ever thought possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    If you're in a position to, I'd suggest contacting an IBCLC to help you in the first few days, to give yourself the best chance possible. They can help you use the shields if needed and hel you learn to attach. There are some that will do Skype consultations too if there isn't one local to you. There are also those little suction thingies for flat nipples, to help pull them out. And just putting it out there- PM me anytime. I've read more on breastfeeding than I ever thought possible
    Thank you I genuinely appreciate it Our nearest LC is 4-5 hours away as I live in the bush unfortunately. DS never attached once, to notice when he was older he had a bad upper lip tie... despite the ABA and middies insisting there was nothing wrong.

    Have you used nipple shields? I see there are small medium and large? does that mean small nips or areola? gah I'm so overwhelmed.


 

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