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    Default Bf pain nipple too big

    Hello. I am desperately seeking help. I have a four day old baby girl, #3. I've had issues bf all of them.
    I am in immense pain while nursing-I get headaches the psi is so bad. Her latch is fine, as confirmed by several folks. I think the issue is that my actual nipple is too big for her mouth. I try relaunching over and over again to no avail-I manually pull her mouth down, etc. The pain is toward the bottom of the nipple. It's like it sting sand there feels like a deep pull.
    I don't know what to do, her mouth is only so big! Please help.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: Bf pain nipple too big

    Hi! So sorry you are having so much pain.
    So, pain this early is almost always a problem with latch. It does not MATTER what it looks like, if it hurts, that is a problem.
    Nipple being too big for babies mouth can happen, and by definition that would be a latch issue. If this IS the problem, take heart in knowing babies grow VERY fast.
    But here are some ideas in the meantime.

    First, if you can and have not already, see a IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for a PRIVATE consultation. Latch issues are exactly what IBCLC should be able to help mom with. Here is what a consultation might look like: http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html

    Here are lots of ideas about various nursing position and latch techniques to try. http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/

    Here is info about a positioning technique called biological nurturing or laid back breastfeeding. It promotes a more comfortable latch for many reasons. It is a very adjustable positioning concept. Not really any rules except mom is leaning back- it does not have to be much. Baby can be in any position. Of course you can help baby latch and may need to, but this positioning also facilitates self latch which sometimes works better.

    Basic Description of laid back: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf

    http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/...-breastfeeding (several blog posts here on the subject)

    video: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html

    Now, what if it is simply too painful to nurse? Can you pump? Hand express? assuming you can, and can do it often enough, that will help you provide milk for your baby and also protect your milk production while you figure out latch. It is not a perfect solution but it is something one can do if it is simply too painful or injurious to nurse.

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    Jan 2012
    Northern Virginia

    Default Re: Bf pain nipple too big

    I had a similar issue -- is nipple too big because of damage already occurring or is it just that too big in general? Everything seemed great with my latch with baby for the first 24 hours or so, but then there were problems. I had an IBCLC come to visit, but other than telling me the latch was not deep, there was not much we could do because baby just couldn't get it for a while -- it took a lot of work and tears and, yes, screaming, I am sad to report. I did have to do some pumping when the damage was too bad and baby couldn't latch (nipple was scabbed and hard -- gross, sorry!). But once it started healing, then he was able to latch a bit better, but still is not great with that side.

    Unfortunately, even with working on getting his mouth open and latching better, his initial latch still hurt terribly for months. But the good news is if you can get through that pain and heal, then you're home-free (for the most part).
    Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.

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