Re: Baby one week old -- latches, comes off repeatedly
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby and on making it to a whole week of nursing!
Repeated latching/unlatching/relatching is very normal for such a young baby. Until a week ago, she never had to coordinate her body in this way and it's going to take her a while how to learn to latch and nurse with maximum efficiency. Some things which may help:
- Express a little milk onto the nipple surface before beginning to nurse, so that baby gets the taste of milk in her mouth as soon as she latches on. This can remind a baby why she's on the breast in the first place.
- Try different nursing positions. Sometimes a baby will be more comfortable/efficient in one special position.
Slipping up onto the nipple is also very common. It often happens when baby's mouth gets tired out by having the weight of the breast dragging at it. If this is the case with your baby, try supporting the breast throughout the feeding using your hand or a rolled-up washcloth tucked under the breast. Another reason why babies slip up onto the nipple is to cope with a fast letdown of milk- compressing the nipple is like crimping the straw. Some signs of oversupply/fast letdown:
- Mom frequently feels engorged or full
- Mom may leak a lot
- Mom may experience strong letdown sensation
- Mom can pump a lot of milk in a short period of time, if she is pumping (Note: you absolutely should not be pumping right now!)
- If baby unlatches during a letdown, mom may see milk stream or squirt from the breast
- Baby may nurse very quickly, in as little as 5-10 minutes
- Baby may spit up a lot after nursing
- Baby's poops may Be consistently or frequently green
Can you tell us more about the soreness? Is it more of a burning pain, or more of a pinching? Does it persist in between feedings? Nipples more pink or red than normal? Are the nipples ever blanched (turned white, or perhaps white and then bluish purple) after feedings? Any cracking, blistering, or dry-looking flaking skin? Any white patches on the nipple or in the baby's mouth?
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