I've written a few posts about my b'feeding woes and this one is out of more frustration. My daughter is 12 wks old and I've been waiting to turn this magical corner first at 2 weeks, then 6 weeks, then 8 weeks and now 12 weeks but I've still got sore nipples pretty much every feed. I've seen an LC, got a b'feeding pillow, spoken to the ABA, seen lots of videos and tried all sorts of techniques but our attachment is still not great. At one point I was having painless feeds on the right side but for what ever reason I feel that's gone backwards a bit. I was using a nipple shield on the left for 2 weeks for a persistently bad and shallow latch but my clever daughter is now refusing to feed off the shield! I've treated twice for thrush as well. I've tried different holds, even tried just no pillows and cradle hold yesterday but it was much worse. It's more bearable today with football hold using the b'feeding pillow.
I just want to find out if there are others like me who still struggled with sore b'feeds at 3 mths and when it got better for you? I'm over this pain and need some hope!
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05-12-2013 14:33 #1
12 weeks and still painful :(
05-12-2013 14:46 #2
Have you ruled out tongue tie? It's very common.
05-12-2013 18:18 #3
No tongue tie as checked by LC.
05-12-2013 18:43 #4
I know what it is like with the pain. I have just finished 2 weeks of physio laser treatment which helped me. It helps to heal the damage both visible and deep in the nipple. Other than that the lc suggested to me to try feed laying over bub, kind of hovering over bubs mouth with your b00b it is difficult and not something you can do away from home but it can help more of the breast tissue make it in to bubs mouth. I also try opening my mouth wide and seeing if ds copies, this doesnt always help but could be worth a try too. Do you use lanisoh or similar nipple cream as well?
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05-12-2013 19:07 #5
By 12 weeks I was not pain free. It was better but not 100%. One thing I found helpful was rite-aid gel discs from big W- They helped heal me up between feeds/expressing. By about 14-16 weeks I felt a lot better. If one side is worse than the other, maybe try on the least painful side first, so the sucking isnt as "urgent" on the painful side?
05-12-2013 20:20 #6
Thank you for advice. I feel supported knowing others are/were in the same boat and just trying to do their best.
I tried lansinoh but stopped because of getting nipple thrush. I tried the hydrogel discs early on - will give it a go again.
I'm hoping to turn the corner soon.
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05-12-2013 21:08 #7
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05-12-2013 21:23 #8
My DS is 5 months next week & I'm still having issues
He had a slight posterior tongue tie which I got snipped & I've also seen a chiropractor. It all helped a small amount to make it bearable but it's far from perfect
Did they check for a lip tie? I took him to a pediatric surgeon & they had a U/S machine & checked what was happening while he was feeding, it was awesome
I have also found that if I try to put as much of the aerola in his mouth it is worse then allowing him to attach by himself
DH 37 + me 33 = DS1 March 2010 & DS2 July 2013
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05-12-2013 21:48 #9Senior Member
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With my DD I had toe curling pain until about three months. It got better after that but every feed still hurt... But it was a lot more bearable. I fed her to almost 14 months.
I now have a seven-week-old DS and after two weeks breastfeeding has been easy and painless. Complete opposite of my first experience. So don't be disheartened about future babies
05-12-2013 21:54 #10
Thank you. I'll look around for someone who may know better re: TT.
5 months and still issues! Oh my God I don't think I could make it that long. That's the thing, I can't find a technique that works. Sometimes if I do the nipple sandwich thing it's ok, sometimes it hurts heaps even though I'm doing it exactly the same way!
Jeez it is really tough what mums have to go through. I appreciate everyone's advice.
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