Re: BFing help
Welcome to the forum!
My thought is this: latch problem, see the LC again or see a different LC, preferably one who has an IBCLC credential. Make sure the baby is checked VERY carefully for tongue and lip ties- they are easy to miss, particularly when they aren't textbook, and it's possible the first LC made an error. Make sure someone shows you the "breast sandwich" technique- it's ideal for getting maximum breast into a tiny mouth. Also, experiment with positions- there may be one that works better than the other. In particular, the reclined, football, and side-lying positions may be helpful. Keep the milk flowing- if compression of the nipple is resulting in difficulty in draining the breast and plugged ducts or periodic engorgement, you definitely want to empty the breast well and frequently. If the baby isn't up to this task, you need to use a very good double electric pump with properly sized shields- another thing the LC can help with.
Don't get discouraged, mama!!! And if you can, please keep the baby on the breast for a few feedings per day. I know it's frustrating and painful, but it also keeps your options open for the future. As long as baby remembers how to latch and nurse, there's a better chance that you'll be able to transition back to exclusive nursing. And please remember that tiny babies have tiny mouths and that makes it hard for them to latch on well. But babies and their mouths grow fast, and most babies grow right out of their latch problems. Mine did.
Stay strong, mama! We'll be here for you throughout this journey.
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