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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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