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    Default Latch issue or hormones?

    I feel like DD has never had the greatest latch, BFing has never been an easy thing for us. Last week though we had a horrible 3-4 days when I couldn't hardly stand to feed her. Every time she latched it felt like she was flicking my nipple or rubbing it raw. Its improved now but still kind of irritating. Anyway this all started the day before I got my period so I'm wondering if it was more me than her? What do you ladies think? Any suggestions to help avoid this in the future?

    BTW I've had my period back since 8 weeks pp and I always end up with super sore nipples for a few days around ovulation.
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    born 6/1/10 tongue and lip ties nursed 13 months with sore nipples and mutually agreed it was time to quit!
    born all natural 1/27/12 nursed for 16 months and lost interest
    1/1/14

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    Default Re: Latch issue or hormones?

    That sounds more like a latch issue. I think moms are very well equipped to sense when baby is doing the sloppy latch, nipple flick thing.

    Is she teething?
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    Default Re: Latch issue or hormones?

    She's gotten 2 new teeth in the last week! I can't seem to fix her latch though.
    Married to my High School sweetheart 5-15-04

    SAHM to:
    born 6/1/10 tongue and lip ties nursed 13 months with sore nipples and mutually agreed it was time to quit!
    born all natural 1/27/12 nursed for 16 months and lost interest
    1/1/14

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    Default Re: Latch issue or hormones?

    Hormones can certainly play a role. I knew a mom who's nipples always got really sore once a month, there wasn't much she could do for it, just to grin and bear it.

    Are you putting anything on your nipples? Lanolin?

    Here's some info on Dr Newman's nipple cream:

    http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/conte...ename=doc-APNO

    As for the latching...here are some of my favorite latching links. I personally had good success with the Flipple technique. It helped DS get a good deep latch.

    COMFORT ZONE (Comfort zone explained+your baby knows how to latch)
    http://www.ameda.com/resources/video

    ASYMMETRICAL LATCH (Dr Newman’s info)
    http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/conte...agename=doc-WL

    THE “FLIPPLE” LATCH (Latching technique where you fold your breast into baby's mouth so your nipple ends up far back in his mouth)
    http://www.breastfeedingmadesimple.c...atedlatch.html
    (animation)
    http://www.rebeccaglover.com.au/grap...aching_big.jpg
    http://www.rebeccaglover.com.au/grap...chment_big.jpg

    THE BABY-LED LATCH (Baby latches himself on while mother helps. A relaxing position and often comfortable latch)
    http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html
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    We have 2 beautiful children: Luana who's 9 y/o, had breastmilk for 2 years and is smart as a whip. Lucas who came out kickin', is 4 y/o and continues to enjoy his milkies.

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    Default Re: Latch issue or hormones?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*monika.h View Post
    Hormones can certainly play a role. I knew a mom who's nipples always got really sore once a month, there wasn't much she could do for it, just to grin and bear it. [/url]
    I always get sore for a few days around the time I ovulate and then I'm usually more sensitive when I start my period but not normally as bad as this last month was! Thanks for the links, I hadn't heard of the "flipple" technique before! It seems to be helping some, at least I can get her to latch deeper. She's still doing something funny with her suck most of the time though I was nursing her this morning and everything felt comfortable and then all of a sudden she started something with her suck that felt like she was smashing me. I dont know what to do with her! I havn't been putting anything on my nipples but i might break out the APNO I have from DS and see if it helps.
    Married to my High School sweetheart 5-15-04

    SAHM to:
    born 6/1/10 tongue and lip ties nursed 13 months with sore nipples and mutually agreed it was time to quit!
    born all natural 1/27/12 nursed for 16 months and lost interest
    1/1/14

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    Default Re: Latch issue or hormones?

    I think the best thing would be in-person help. Maybe a local LLL leader or lactation consultant?
    Canadian mom and breastmilk fan.
    We have 2 beautiful children: Luana who's 9 y/o, had breastmilk for 2 years and is smart as a whip. Lucas who came out kickin', is 4 y/o and continues to enjoy his milkies.

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