Re: Does a shallow latch really get bett
If nursing is painless and the baby is growing, the latch is good. Even if it doesn't appear textbook perfect. Seriously.
Breastfeeding gets so much better as time goes on. When my first daughter was a newborn, her latch looked okay on the outside. But on the inside- ouch! I literally screamed in pain when she latched on, and by the time she was a couple of weeks old I had massive gaping wounds on each nipple. And the baby wasn't gaining weight because the latch was so bad that it had affected her ability to maintain my milk supply. We eventually got things back on track, and by 6 months breastfeeding was much easier. By a year, you would have had to fight me to get me to quit, because by that time it was so much fun and so useful and so easy that I couldn't understand why I had ever thought it "weird" for a toddler to nurse.
It all gets easier, mama. I promise. When it's going to happen is different for every woman. For some, it gets easier after just a few weeks. Many mamas find that the turning point comes at around 6 weeks, which is why you will often hear people say "it all gets easier at 6 weeks". For other mamas, it takes longer- sometimes months. But I do not think you are going to be one of those people who is going to be struggling for months. You are not in pain. Your baby is growing. This means that you and your baby have the basics of breastfeeding down pat, and all you need to do is work on the fine points, like nursing in public and nursing on the go.
You are doing great. Don't let the worry get to you.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"