Re: Burning sensation during latching. Please help!
1. A lot of moms experience a short-lived latch-on pain that people call the "sizzle". What it is, usually, is the baby's initial latch being a bit shallow, with the nipple landing on the front of the tongue underneath the hard palate, where it gets compressed and hurt as the baby sucks. After a few sucks, maybe 10-30 seconds, the baby draws the nipple deeper into his mouth, into the "sweet spot" on the back of the tongue up underneath the soft palate. Once the nipple is where it should be, the compression and the pain both stop.
2. Once a baby falls asleep, she's often unable to maintain a great latch. She slips down onto the nipple and- chomp! Instead of letting the baby unlatch on her own, you want to unlatch her yourself- which you're already doing. Now, as to the question you didn't ask: the 1-2 hour intervals between feedings are normal for such a young baby. Infant tummies are tiny and breastmilk digests fast, which means that most babies are hungry about 90 minutes after the beginning of their last feeding, leading to a 1-2 hour feeding interval.
If you're really sore, it may help to see the lactation consultant again, to try different nursing positions, and to wait. Most latching problems solve themselves with time, as the baby's mouth grows.
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