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    Default Pain after nursing

    For a while now (I couldn't tell you when it started) I've been having pains with nursing. I shrugged them off as "normal" since, I figured it's something my body is just getting used to. But after reading other posts here and information on medical sites, I'm starting to think it's something that needs more attention.

    What I'm noticing:
    - shooting pains after nursing that last a LONG time after.
    - pain that radiates from nipple to armpit (both sides)
    - white nipple tips after feeding (that seem to go away?)
    - pain when clothes touch nipples when I'm changing clothing
    - pain gets 10x worse when I feel cold.
    - pain feels 10x better if I get into a hot shower
    - however, I feel no pain when baby is latching (I did for a bit, but it seemed to stop after a couple blisters came and went) and no pain during the nursing session
    - baby seems happy to nurse and satisfied after.

    Any thoughts? I'm going to call my lc soon after lunch for her suggestions, but nothing beats the thoughts of other mothers who might have experienced something similar.

    Thanks!
    Mommy to Penelope born 04-21-12, 7lb 1oz

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    Default Re: Pain after nursing

    Vasospasm.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: Pain after nursing

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    Vasospasm.
    Which is due to damaged tissue, right?
    Mommy to Penelope born 04-21-12, 7lb 1oz

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    Default Re: Pain after nursing

    Not really. It's due to compression that causes decreased blood flow, which causes pain when the blood flow is restored. It's usually due to latch problems. I tend to have it when I pump (so its been unpleasant to pump the last year plus) and when my babies are tiny.
    http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/moth...ple-blanching/
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: Pain after nursing

    Sounds like it's time to make an appointment with lc about the latch... since I don't see anything wrong with her latch at home. (smooth, puffy cheeks, wide open mouth) I'm going to need someone to show me what's wrong about it.

    Did yours get better as your babies got older?
    Mommy to Penelope born 04-21-12, 7lb 1oz

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