Re: 1 month old, still having nipple pain with shallow latch
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! Have you had someone check him for tongue and/or lip ties? The LC should have but may not have or may have simply missed it. It would make sense to ask the pediatrician the next time you are in, and to perhaps see the LC again, or to see a pediatric dentist or otolaryngologist as they often have experience with ties.
Since you're not cracked, just creased, I think what is most likely to happen is that your baby will grow out of the latch issue. A bigger mouth can take a deeper "bite" of breast. But I also think you want to look for videos of something called the "sandwich technique", or better yet, to have the LC show you. The sandwich is great for cramming maximum breast into a tiny mouth.
Tips for getting a baby to open wide:
- Try to latch him on before he is really hungry. Hungry babies get frantic and start opening and closing their mouths, and it is hard to hit a moving target!
- Show your baby what you want him to do by opening your own mouth really wide. Even very young babies will sometimes mimic mom.
- If baby is frantic and opening and closing his mouth, give him a clean pinky finger to suck, with your nail held down towards his tongue. A few seconds of sucking on mom's finger may calm him enough to enable a repeat latch attempt.
- Experiment with different positions, particularly with reclined positions. One position may work better than another.
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