Re: Nursing pain - help :/
It's tough with a little baby! Their mouths are so tiny. Even when they are open as wide as they can be, it can still be hit-or-miss for mom, in terms of pain. Getting the baby to open wider is tricky. It may help to show him what you want to do, by opening yur mouth really wide. Even newborns will sometimes imitate a parent's facial expression. It may also help to try to latch before he's truly hungry. Screaming, frantic, hungry babies often open and shut their mouths really fast, and it's hard to get a breast into that moving target. If he does become frantic, offer your pinky finger with nail held down towards his tongue (a fingernail can damage the sensitive palate) and let him suck on that for a few seconds. It may calm him enough to enable a second latching attempt.
It's fairly normal to feel like you're making progress and then slip back. Badly damaged nipples may start to heal only to get torn open once again. You just have to keep working at the latch, and working and working...
As LLLMeg said, experimenting with different positions may help. A lot of moms have success with reclined positions. I personally had the best luck with the side-lying position- I could use the bed to support the baby and also the breast. If you have larger, heavier breasts, tucking a rolled-up washcloth beneath your breast may help prop it up into an easier position.
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