Re: lipstick nipple
Lipstick-shaped nipples generally indicate a latch which is too shallow. Instead of landing on the "sweet spot" on the back of the baby's tongue under the soft palate, the nipple is landing in the front of the baby's mouth underneath the hard palate, where it is compressed and traumatized as the baby sucks. You can experience why this is painful by sticking your finger into your mouth and sucking on it. When your fingertip is on the front of your tongue, it will experience a lot of motion. When it's all the way back on the back of your tongue, almost down to the opening of your esophagus, it will experience relatively little motion.
The cures for lipstick nipples are:
- striving for the best latch every time
- experimenting with different nursing positions
- seeing a LC, preferably an IBCLC, for hands-on help
- if the baby has a tongue-tie, it may need to be clipped
- time- most shallow latch issues are a function of a small baby having a small mouth and being unable to latch on deeply enough, but babies grow!
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