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    Default Painless bad latch??

    I am just wodnering if it is possible to have a bad ineffective latch but not cause any nipple pain??

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    Default Re: Painless bad latch??

    Anything is possible. But a bad latch eventually leads to reduced milk output, and a not so happy infant. some infants in the early days, self correct their less then optimal latches when the milk comes in.
    are you having symptoms of a bad latch?
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    Default Re: Painless bad latch??

    A baby can certainly be latched on correctly but have an ineffective suckle. What's got you worried, mama?
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    There are basically two criteria for a good latch --

    1) It's comfortable for mom.
    2) Baby is transferring milk and gaining well.

    So if it's painless yet baby isn't gaining, it could be a latch problem. But that's not what you've got going on, is it?
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    Default Re: Painless bad latch??

    I am not sure if we have a bad latch or not.

    DS is starting to get really fussy at the breast, pulling on and off and very very windy. He is pulling his knees up and getting quiet distressed while feeding.

    He does have reflux but this behaviour isn't like what he was doing before he was on meds. because of the reflux I have been dairy free for 3 weeks now and can't say I have noticed any difference.

    So am really just going back to basics and starting from the begining again. We had major latch issues initally so am starting there.

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    Default Re: Painless bad latch??

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*LLLKaren View Post
    There are basically two criteria for a good latch --

    1) It's comfortable for mom.
    2) Baby is transferring milk and gaining well.

    So if it's painless yet baby isn't gaining, it could be a latch problem. But that's not what you've got going on, is it?
    No weight issues what so ever. Just a windy unhappy baby.

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    Default Re: Painless bad latch??

    Thanks for the clarification. That really doesn't sound like a latch issue. Perhaps the reflux is troubling him again, and he has a new way of expressing it? Alternately, is ther any chance that you have a fast letdown, perhaps connected to an oversupply of milk? That can cause gas and can make a baby pull off the breast.
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    Default Re: Painless bad latch??

    Í am pretty sure that it isn't his reflux as he is pretty content after he has had a burp, and is happy ot play on the floor after a feed.

    today I have burped him every time he starts to pull on and off (about 6 times each side) and he has been so much more settled and has slept SOOOOOO much better.

    My flow is on the fast side, but he had been coping with it. When he comes off, I just let the milk squirt into a cloth and put him back on. I also lean back when I feed him when possible.

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    Default Re: Painless bad latch??

    Do you hear any clicking, clucking, squeaking sounds while he is sucking? He could just be breaking suction. This can be because of a number of reasons, but most of them aren't serious as long as he is gaining well. Here is some info..

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...n-nursing.html
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