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    Default can continous nursing hurt my nipples?

    My baby is been in a "growth spurt" for a week now where she constantly needs to be fed. My nipples that were getting better pain wise are feeling really sore now. specially my left one. Sometimes I can go on and off for 2 hours in a row between one breast and the other. could she be that hungry? am I doing the feeding right? is it normal to hurt? Tomorrow she will be 4 weeks and I thought that by now it wouldn't hurt anymore...

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    Default Re: can continous nursing hurt my nipples?

    Hi and welcome!

    Generally it should not hurt (not even at first) to nurse even if baby nurses a ton-which baby is supposed to do in this newborn period. yes many moms do get sore nipples but that is typically due to a shallow or otherwise 'off" latch, not how often or how long baby nurses.

    Can you give us more history? What have you tried for the sore nipples and/or to help baby latch better (if anything?)

    How much/often is baby pooping?

    What is the weight history?

    How many times in 24 hours does baby nurse?

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    Default Re: can continous nursing hurt my nipples?

    Ok, so I actually called a lactation specialist and I was doing it all wrong. I got caught up in the "growth spurt" and didn't know how to go back to my routine. The growth spurt shouldn't last longer than 2-3 days, so the first thing I did was establish my nursing routine again, where my LO will eat every 2-3 hours instead of every hour or so. As soon as I did that my nipples were good again. Although the specialist found that I had a milk blister in my left nipple which was the one that hurt the most. So I'm treating it with warm water and having my LO suck it. It hurts a little in the beginning but then its ok.
    My LO is eating well, she is gaining weight and I have a good milk supply and good flow.
    I'm slowly building a routine and getting to know my baby, although being a newly mom is really hard!


    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lllmeg View Post
    Hi and welcome!

    Generally it should not hurt (not even at first) to nurse even if baby nurses a ton-which baby is supposed to do in this newborn period. yes many moms do get sore nipples but that is typically due to a shallow or otherwise 'off" latch, not how often or how long baby nurses.

    Can you give us more history? What have you tried for the sore nipples and/or to help baby latch better (if anything?)

    How much/often is baby pooping?

    What is the weight history?

    How many times in 24 hours does baby nurse?

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    Default Re: can continous nursing hurt my nipples?

    How are you keeping this "routine" going? Are you trying to hold baby off for longer times? Offering a paci in between feedings? Letting baby cry if it's not time to nurse again?

    There's no " should" when it comes to how long growth spurts last. Some babies have short growth spurts, others have longer ones.
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    Default Re: can continous nursing hurt my nipples?

    Nursing on demand is optimal for babies health, trust your bub, they know when they need feeding, and demand feeding will also help to keep your supply of milk at it's peak.

    I did used to get sore nipples at times, sometimes it was to do with having my period, or intensive nursing, along with a bit of a sloppy latch.

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    Default Re: can continous nursing hurt my nipples?

    I am glad you are feeling better. Blebs can really hurt! Was this a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and did you meet with her for a consultation so she could observe a nursing session? If you are not cue feeding, I am curious how many times a day did the lactation specialist suggests your baby 'should' nurse and how you tell it is enough-as each baby is a bit different. At this age, baby nurses very frequently not only to get enough but to establish a healthy milk production for the future.

    Being a new mom IS really hard. But it sounds as if your baby is doing really well, so you must be doing a great job! I am still concerned about nursing hurting you, however. I promise it really should not hurt even when baby nurses a lot-which is normally a great lot, 10-12 times a day or more, especially in the early weeks, growth spurt or no growth spurt.

    I suggest this book-The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (8th edition)

    This is a good article about the early weeks- http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/

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