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    Angry Getting a bad latch

    It seems K is getting very lazy with her latch lately. She doesn't want to open her mouth wide enough & when she does latch on properly, she pulls back until she only has my nipple in her mouth. It is driving me crazy & my nipples are sore. When I unlatch her to correct it, she fights with me and does it again. Any suggestions?

    Loving my Beautiful High Needs Baby Girl born 12/28/06

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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    I have no suggestions, but wanted to let you know I feel your pain. We are having the same problems.
    Nancy
    Mom to Elijah & Audrey 9/19/06
    Twin GERDlings

    for 21 mo



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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    This could be due to teething.?. My DS latches poorly when he is getting a new tooth and tries to latch as shallow as possible. I go back to the infant days of the arm thrust to push him on as much as posible. I kinda keep a firm hold on his upper back to let him know he needs to stay there. It usually works.
    Leslie- Momma to Aiden 02/28/06 AND Owen 2/28/08...What timing

    Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.--Jimmy Buffet


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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    Same here. I feel your pain. DD's latch is good, but DS's is always on the shallow side. He was tongue tied and I wish the ENT had snipped a wee bit more when he had the frenulotomy...so we're in fact doing better than we did right after birth.

    DS is so strong, I say he could get milk from a stone, so he gets my MM even with his less than perfect latch. He almost always goes right back to his shallow latch when I try relatching him. I avoid football hold with him because it only makes it worse. Have you tried different positions to see if that helps?

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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    Quote Originally Posted by momma2bgtwinsplus1 View Post
    Have you tried different positions to see if that helps?
    Not really. She has gotten so stubborn about the way she wants to nurse. Most of the time we are laying down. But changing things up may help. It is amazing how they change when they get older. I want to keep nursing, but this is starting to drive me crazy!

    Thanks ladies. It is nice knowing that I am not alone.

    Loving my Beautiful High Needs Baby Girl born 12/28/06

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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    I'm sorry, no advice, just lots of s
    Betsy
    mama to:
    N 5/03
    J 6/07

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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    Thanks Betsy!

    Loving my Beautiful High Needs Baby Girl born 12/28/06

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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    I was wondering the same thing. DS never had a good latch, but it is definitely getting worse. I even try to physically open it wider, but he resists big time. I find that if he is half asleep (like in themiddle of the night), he will open bigger as he roots around. At least this give them a little bit of time to recover from the damage he did to them during the day.
    Let me know if you find a technique that works for you!

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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    I'm having similar problems!
    I usually say 'owow OW' and she gets the hint though....
    but she is a bit older...

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    Default Re: Getting a bad latch

    this link has tips on biting, nursing manners, etc.
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/index.html

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