Hi I am going through similar issues with my 9 day old baby girl. Haven't resolved things yet but what has helped are hydrogel breast discs (rite aid brand) for the cracked/sore nipples. Wow. Within a couple of hours the cracks started healing. 48 hrs later they are totally gone. The other thing we tried is expressing for a few minutes before starting a feed - my breasts are too full which is making it hard for her to get on. Also have used a nipple shield for last 7 feeds and all were successful long feeds latching straight on. If we can keep that up I'm happy to keep using the nipple shield for a few more weeks and try without it as we get better at things. My baby is still in hospital so I'm getting a lot of help with feeding which is great. All the best I fully sympathize this is so hard. Get all the help you can to keep going.
I had crazy sore nipples for the first 10 or so days although the midwives kept telling me the latch looked 'ok'. I think the idea that breastfeeding isn't meant to hurt is a myth, well for the first couple of weeks anyway. I used a nipple shield on a badly cracked nipple and RiteAid hydrogel breast disks on both nipples (like what gingermillie recommended) for about two weeks and they made things bearable. Baby is now three weeks old, my nipples are desensitised and feeding no longer hurts.
I'm no expert though! It would be good to ask the midwives and LC to watch as many feeds as possible.
My DS2 looked to have a perfect latch, but had a posterior tongue tie and upper lip tie, and caused me so much pain! Make sure someone who knows about tongue ties has had a good look in bub's mouth.
LC said I'm getting her on great which was good to hear but she is only just 38 weeks and her mouth and gape is still very small which is impacting how deeply she can latch. My nipple is coming out flattened with a ridge. It's super painful.
I'm just looking at it as one feed at a time. I've also started hand expressing to top up after the next feed.
Babyla is the lc you are seeing internationally board certified? I found that most of the lc's i saw who werent (ie mostly the free child health nurses who were also lc's) were just not helpful, they also told me the latch was fine & some even said i just had to toughen up. I paid for a private ibclc & she was amazing. Actually listened & took the fact that it hurt seriously & we worked through it.
I fed with nipple shields for 6 months & it still hurt every feed, but at least ds wasnt shredding my nipples
Good luck!!! I hope it improves soon!
heartstringz I'm not sure tbh she's at the hospital I'm in. I will look into that when I'm out though.
When did it stop hurting for you? What was the reason it hurt?
Congrats! My advise, and you know we had similar experiences, if it doesn't feel right take her off & start again, wait till her mouth is really wide... I had one great side with DD & the other hurt all the time, k think it was the angle or something, anyway, one visit with my LC & I could feel it getting better during the feed, just by getting the latch perfect... Something she taught me was don't tolerate the pain, if it's not right then take bub off & start again... It took me a while to get that dude right but once I did I could instantly tell as there was no pain... Wishing you so much good luck!! You're doing really well, the first few days can be so hard!
Still not entirely sure why it hurt, even the ibclc wasnt sure - for some reason he couldnt maintain his latch & he wouldnt/couldn't open his mouth wide enough.
With the help of the ibclc we were able to wean off the shields at around 6 months & it stopped hurting soon after that. His mouth was bigger i think & things just seemed to 'gel' more. Hes 1 now & we've had challenges with biting & scraping teeth but other than that no pain.
I hope it works out for you & if it doesn't thats ok too - do what is best for you, your baby & your mental health! Although im so proud that im still breastfeeding after all the issues, i do believe it contributed to my pnd.
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