I'm looking for advice on how to fix a problem with "smacking." My daughter will be 7 weeks old on Sunday. Since a few days after birth, she makes a smacking sound when feeding, like she's clucking her tongue and losing suction. Sometimes it happens a lot during a feeding, sometimes just a little, never not at all.
I've tried to do research online on how to fix this, but everything I find just says it's due to a bad latch and to relatch her. This doesn't help. She can get the best latch ever and she still makes the smacking sound!
I've started to think it's something she has to outgrow, but the problem is that I THINK the smacking is causing my (very) sore nipples and also interfering with her getting a good rhythm while nursing. At times, when she smacks like that it just really hurts. So I have two questions:
1) Does anyone have experience with your baby smacking during feeding, and did you find a way to fix it? Is there something I'm doing wrong? Did your baby just learn not to do it?
2) Does anyone have any advice on dealing with sore nipples? Though I think if I can fix her latch/smacking that will help the soreness, sometimes I wonder if I'm just sensitive and have to toughen up. I use lanolin, but all that does is temporarily soothe the soreness. I've tried Lansinoh Soothies, but those make my skin peel for some reason. If you were sore, did it eventually just go away? Sometimes I feel like I'll have to grin and bear it forever!
Thanks in advance!