Re: Angled nipple after breastfeeding
When your nipple comes out of baby's mouth looking wedged or creased or lipstick-shaped, it indicates compression of the nipple. Compression can happen for 2 reasons:
1. Baby is not able to get the nipple into the proper position on the back of the tongue due to something like a tongue tie, a positioning issue, flat or inverted nipples, a high palate, etc.
2. Baby is compressing the nipple on purpose in order to control milk flow, rather as you would crimp a hose to control the flow of water.
Since you generally only feel pain during latch-on and the first few sucks, and not throughout the feeding, your baby probably has the ability to get a nice deep latch. Popping on/off the breast while feeding often indicates a flow speed issue, so I'm leaning towards possibility number 2 to explain the lipstick nipples. Do you have have a lot of milk right now? Are you often feeling full/engorged? Do you ever see milk squirt/stream from the breast when baby unlatches? Does baby ever cough, gag, splutter, or make a click or cluck noise while nursing?
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