Re: SEVERE PAIN with Initial Latch that Dissipates
with aprilsmagic- pain that occurs during the initial latch-on phase, but which does not persist throughout the feeding is often related to a latch which is starting out too shallow. As the feeding progresses, the nipple is drawn back into the "ideal" spot on the back of the tongue, under the soft palate, at which point the pain stops. If this is what is going on, try changing your nursing position (one may work better than the others), try the nipple sandwich technique, and try being patient- as your baby grows and his mouth grows, this is likely to go away.
Sometimes pain which radiates through the breast can be related to letdown sensation. Does this feel "letdown-y" at all? Does it coincide with your having a letdown?
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