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    Default Shallow latch?

    Hi everyone, I'm a FTM with a 4 week old girl. I am exclusively breastfeeding, but still struggling with sore nipples, mainly on the left side. I try and follow all the instructions to get a good latch, but find she often repositions herself mid-feed and we end up with a very sore shallow latch, and the nipple can be lipstick shaped when she's done. Our attachment is better on the right, the nipple is mostly round when she's done and I can have relatively pain free feeds. Any ideas to improve the situation? I am determined to keep going, but it's just difficult that 1 mth on I'm still quite sore.

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    Does she have a tongue tie?

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    No, can't see any tongue tie at all. And even without much effort the right side is improving. Just the left side problematic. I think an issue is E cup breasts/wide areola, and small baby (2.8kg at birthweight, about 3.3kg now). Also ample milk and a fast let down, she often coughs and comes off halfway through feeding.

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    You might have to keep reattaching her during the feeds as she is probably slacking off as you have a good flow.

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    I had exactly the same issue with my DD on only one of my breasts which resulted in terrible, painful grazing. I just kept reattaching her during the feed. It makes the feed so much longer but your boobies will be grateful. I found once she got a bit bigger, the problem resolved itself. Also, we took her to a specialist to check for tongue tie which they performed an ultrasound while she was sucking and definitely no tongue tie, just a shallow latch.

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    Thank you for the reassuring advice. It is tough to persevere through this, even when you want to do the best for your child.

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    My DS is 3 months old & I am still having issues similar to yours, I've seen LC, spoke to counsellors at the ABA, saw a dr about a lip tie & he had a slight posterior tongue tie & now I'm seeing a chiropractor. I am determined to keep BF even though my nipples turn to $hit after one bad feed.
    I recommend the U/S to see what's happening (even just for the experience, it was do fricken cool watching my milk squirt down his throat)

    I hope you get some answers


    DH 37 + me 33 = DS1 March 2010 & DS2 July 2013


 

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