My cousin is having a lot of trouble latching the new baby on. Breastfeeding was extremely painful at the hospital and her nipples were getting damaged. She stopped nursing and has been pumping and finger feeding formula since. She's still pumping only colostrum her milk has not come in yet. I've been at her place since she came home from the hospital and I will be here for about a week. Hopefull we can get things going a bit better by the time I leave.
I helped her a bit last night and we managed to get one successful latch without pain so I'm sure it's a latch issue. She nursed for about 5 minutes and then the latch slipped (I'm guessing) and suddenly became painful again. Baby sucks so hard though that she has purple bruises on her areola and it's difficult to get her finger in there to break suction and reposition. Baby has trouble opening her mouth wide enough to latch. My cousin's very frustrated but really wants to breastfeed. I've never seen bruising like she has before (not that I've seen a lot of breasts but bruising is not somethat typically comes up as an issue).
There doesn't seem to be any tongue tie so that's not an issue.
Tips? Suggestions? Help me touble shoot please
I know generally we want to avoid shields but in her case do you think it's worth a try? Baby has not had a bottle or pacifier but is being finger fed which of course requires a different mouth position.
Oh and there's a nurse that should come by today or tomorrow so I will definitely be getting her to ask about seeing a LC. She saw one in the hospital but they only spoke and very briefly. she showed how to latch with a to breast and a stuffed bear not with the baby. So that is most definitely something that I'll be encouraging.