Re: Will breastfeeding hurt?
He may be trying to latch on to your breast like he's latching on to the bottle. It's actually a very different mechanism. Baby's mouth needs to be open wide, tongue over bottom gum. Make sure you are sitting comfortable, back support, and possibly with a pillow or two available to support your arms. My favorite link about latching seems to be down right now, I'll poke around and see if I can find it something similar.
Have you tried the football position? Many mothers find that it's easier to see how baby is latching on when they are in that position.
If he starts to slip off of correct position, you can unlatch him and help him to latch back on correctly. Breastfeeding shouldn't be toe-curling pain!
Trying lots of skin to skin time, with him either laying next to you in bed, in just a diaper, while you aren't wearing a shirt or bra, or with him laying in your chest, can help him to learn that you are a wonderful place to be. In addition, some babies, even those who have had issues with breastfeeding before, sometimes just kind of wiggle themselves down to the breast and latch on correctly, all without mother's help. It's called "infant self attachment", if you'd like to look it up online. There are several good videos available online about it.
This link has good info on getting a baby to nurse. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/back.html
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