Re: sore nipples at 3 weeks, clicking noise
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
Clicking when feeding often stems from a rapid letdown of milk. The click is the result of baby using her tongue to slow the milk flow. Fast milk flow usually stems from high supply. So, are you noticing any of the following symptoms of high supply:
- frequent feelings of fullness or engorgement
- able to pump multiple oz of milk with ease, if you are pumping
- frequent leaking
- strong letdown sensations (may feel like a tingling or a pins and needles sensation)
- fast feedings p, maybe 10 minutes or less
- baby pulls off the breast while feeding
- if baby pulls off the breast while nursing, you may see milk squirt or stream from the breast
- baby chokes, coughs, gags, or splutters while nursing
- baby's poops may be greenish or green
- baby may gain weight extremely well
If you're not seeing any or many of the above, then there are some other possibilities to explain the clicking. You can have fast letdowns without oversupply, and often babies click just with normal letdowns, because small babies have trouble with nursing even at the best of times. Tongue tie would be another possibility, and a TT would explain the pancaked nipples and the pain. However, if this is a TT it's strange that the clicking/nipple compression is only cropping up now.
The stinging pain sounds like it's likely the result of the compression of the nipple. Do you ever see the nipple blanch (turn white) or blanch, then turn bluish purple, and then return to a normal color?
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