Re: Two month baby still has poor latch and nurses all the t
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I hate it when people- especially people who should know better, like LCs- tell a mom that the latch looks fine and therefore must be fine, despite the fact that the mom is in pain and has evidence of compression (the lipstick shape). If you're in pain and getting lipstick-shaped nipples, then it doesn't matter how good the latch looks from the outside because it is imperfect on the inside. WHY it is imperfect is the harder question to answer. I know the LCs dismissed the tongue tie possibility, but you may still want to look into that a bit more- there are subtler types of tongue tie and lip tie that often get missed, even by professionals. If your baby's tongue can't get much past his gumline, or his lip always curls under when he's nursing, those types of ties may still be a possibility. You might consider seeing a pediatric ENT or dentist- sometimes they know what to look for.
Sometimes the problem is simply that small babies have small mouths, and even at the best of times they have difficulty getting a lot of breast into their mouths. The best thing about that problem is that babies grow. I know "everyone" said nursing was supposed to get less painful at the end of the first month, but unfortunately that is not true for all moms. I still think you have reason to be hopeful- your nipples aren't as badly compressed as they were, and you've made it this far without getting cracked (right?). To me that says you don't have to wait too much longer before the pain goes away, though I'd be going way out on a limb if I gave you any kind of time estimate.
Frequent feedings are 100% normal at this age. Infant tummies are tiny, breastmilk digests fast. A lot of babies nurse every 90 minutes or so- and that's 90 minutes from the beginning of 1 feeding to the beginning of the 2nd, meaning that a lot of that 90 minutes may have been spent at the breast. Also, babies nurse not just for nutrition but also for comfort.
How much milk are you putting in the bottles?
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