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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
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    Question biting and pulling

    I went to see a lactation specialist and was told I have an overabundant supply. In the Dr.'s office, my daughter took in 4oz of milk in les than five minutes. We have tried lying back when nursing, sage tea, sudafed, and nursing on only one side for each session and sometimes more than one session. She is still struggling with gulping and choking and I occasionally spray her if she pops off, but the main problem is that she tucks in her jaw and bottom lip and I can see her cheeks purse within a minute of having a good latch (I then have to try to gently hold her chin down) and then a few minutes lates will start pulling away with my nipple still in her mouth and fussing. It is quite painful. What can I do, and why is she pulling away now? I try taking her off and relatching her correctly at the beginning, but after the 5th, 6th time she gets really angry and it is traumatic for both of us......

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
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    Default Re: biting and pulling

    How old is your little one?

    My DS did the pulling away thing for a while too, and it did hurt, but it got better. It seems like by pulling away he was controlling his flow so he wouldn't choke on it. My oversupply seems to have worked itself out now.

  3. #3
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    May 2006
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    Default Re: biting and pulling

    Thanks for responding! My daughter is 4 and 1/2 weeks. I am guessing the biting down/poor latch at the beginning is to stanch the flow, but she pulls away when she seems about finished eating. Like she is afraid I am going to take her nipple away before she is done or something.... I am hoping the issues will resolve as my supply lessens, but with cracked and painful nipples I have to really try to think happy thoughts about how beautiful she is and lucky I am to have her just to get through the next feeding without dread.

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