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    Default Losing latch as breast softens

    My daughter is 5 1/2 weeks old. I experienced sore and bleeding nipples when first feeding her, even though lactation consultants and nurses said our latch looked perfect. In order to get my nipples to heal I started using a nipple guard at about 1 week. It made a huge difference. Once my nipples healed I was able to switch back and forth between using and not using the guard with no problems, but using it was always a little more comfortable than not. I used it less and less.

    About a week ago my daughter's poop started becoming very green, watery, and sometimes bubbly. I researched and discovered that we had every symptom of an over supply problem/ getting too much fore milk. I realized that when I didn't use the guard, I was only letting her nurse for about 10 or 15 min per breast because as my breast got soft, I started to feel a pinch around my nipple. If I removed my nipple from her mouth in the first 5 min of a feeding, it was a normal shape, but after about 10 or 15 min it would come out lipstick shaped. It's as if she loses her good latch as my breast "deflates." because of this I've been using the guard full time for the last few days so that she can stay on for as long as she wants without pinching me. Her poop is returning to the proper yellow color as a result, but now I'm dependent on the guard.

    Has anyone else had this problem with losing latch as the breast softens? I tried to take her off the breast once it starts to pinch and relatch, but usually she is sleepy after feeding for a while and won't open her mouth wide enough take it again. Since the whole point is to keep her on as long as possible, that isn't a good solution.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Losing latch as breast softens

    almost 6 weeks is still very young yet. You guys will work things out together.
    I few green poops here and there aren't something to get overly worried about.
    were you seeing lots of fussy behavior? Spit up up? Hang in there...you can do this
    keep trying to wean fromt he shield and keep counting diapers.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011

    Default Re: Losing latch as breast softens

    I can't offer much advice, but I wanted to let you know, I am having the same issue of losing the latch. One thing that helps a little bit is to make sure my daughter's nose and chin are touching my breast at all times. You can support her head and neck with your hand and keep holding her close so that she can't slide off as easily. I also recline slightly so that gravity is assisting me in keeping her close. It has helped a bit. Hope this helps you also! Good luck, and if I find out anything else that will help us, I will post!

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