July 17th, 2014, 01:05 PM
Hi everyone! I'm a new poster, but have been lurking on the forums for months now gathering info. What an awesome resource!
I'm a first time mom to an almost 4 week old. BF was a struggle at first (my milk didn't come in for 6 days and we had to correct a latch), but ever since my milk came in and we fixed the latch, things have been going well (lots of weight gain, good diaper output, etc.). I was even able to get my cracked and sore nipples healed after we fixed the poor latch. I'm really proud to be EBFing!
But starting this past week, baby girl has started violently unlatching. When she is done, she is DONE. She clamps down on my nipple hard and whips her head back until the suction breaks (usually while I howl in pain). And then she'll either conk out or look up at me with the "I'm done, let's go do something fun now!" look.
Unfortunately, it's gotten so bad that my nipples are so sore and bruised the next day, I can't stand to nurse off of them. I've taken to pumping the most sore side for a day, while letting her eat off the least sore side. And then switching the next day. That seems to at least let my nipples heal a bit (although pumping doesn't feel much better). I have no open wounds or cracks, just something that feels like internal bruising. I really don't want to get in the habit of pumping a lot--I'd much rather figure out how to solve the clamping.
I know clamping down is often a sign of overactive letdown, but since it's happening and the end of...