Yesterday, 04:29 PM
Thanks for answering those questions!
Based on your answers, here's what I'm thinking: single long cracks, blanching, and having cracks that sit on the crease that appears post-feeding- that sounds like a latch problem. The nipple is not sitting deep enough in the baby's mouth. It's on the front of the tongue, underneath the hard palate, where it gets compressed when baby sucks. The question is, what is causing the nipple to sit on the front of the tongue instead of being drawn onto the ideal position on the back of the tongue? Well, I'm thinking it's one of 2 things. First, it could be a lip or tongue tie- so get a second opinion on those possibilities. It's really common for people to overlook them. Multiple professionals missed my first daughter's lip tie. Second, it could be that the baby is "shallowing" his latch, a.k.a. clamping the nipple, in order to cope with a fast letdown. Either way, the first step to treating these issues is to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for help with latching and positioning. I would also love for you to try using the biological nurturing/reclined positions- you can do this on your own. Reclining while nursing enlists gravity to hold the baby on the breast while he nurses, rather than having gravity be pulling breast and baby apart. Reclining also uses gravity to fight fast milk flow, which can reduce clamping.
For sore nipples and cracks, try the following:
- Go braless as much as possible.
- Use a...