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Thread: Feeding for over an hour?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: Feeding for over an hour?

    A nipple sheild is 'supposed' to be used when a baby is unable to latch without it, not for latch pain. That said, if using the sheild allows you to nurse and you otherwise would not be, far, far better to keep using the sheild than to stop nursing at the breast. Just make sure you are clear on the possible issues with sheilds, in particularly as far as supply goes. you may need to do some 'extra' pumping when using a sheild. Also make sure the fit is correct and you are putting it on correctly.

    both nursing and pumping will help nipples protrude more over time. but plenty of moms with protruding nipples also have latch pain, its usually due to a shallow latch which can happen to anyone. I have very protruding nipples after nursing two kids and i just went through several days of killer latch pain with newborn number three. so it is important to keep working on encouraging a deep/or comfortable latch, there are many techniques & positions to try, I suggest you try anything you hear of and make up your own ideas as well. Painful latch is an area where it can be very helpful to have competent hands on help.

    oh and 'football' hold can be v. helpful for 'seeing' latch-on better.

    nipple sheilds http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/wean-shield/

    some helpful latch/positioning ideas- http://www.ameda.com/resources/video



    Last edited by @llli*lllmeg; August 5th, 2012 at 11:48 AM.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Default Re: Feeding for over an hour?

    I'm a new mom as well, my baby is 11 weeks now.
    At the beginning, the first week or two it was terrible, awful pain every single time she latched. I worked with her several times to correct the latch and sometimes switching the position (from craddle to football and so on...) helped, although I think I had issues with OALD and my baby chocked a lot when holding on football... but maybe it works for you.
    Also, a nurse at the hospital told me about putting warm tea bags on my nipples in between feedings. Just regular tea bags that you make iced tea with... dip them in warm water and put them in your nipples. This helped me A LOT for the pain. Of course, you need to wash your nipples with warm water after so your baby doesn't drink tea-tasting milk
    Just a tip that worked for me, because I know how bad it hurts, sometimes it just makes you want to quit!
    It gets better, it really does!

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