I have been working very closely with an IBCLC. Actually, I've been to 5 LCs, but I've been primarily working with this one because she's also been doing Cranial Sacral Therapy and suck training with my little guy. We're finally making progress... *sometimes* it doesn't hurt to nurse! That's a HUGE improvement. Maybe when I get this thrush all cleared up, things will be even better!
I've noticed that my little guy wants a shallow latch. No matter how much breast he gets in his mouth during the initial latch, he always manages to push out or slide off to the same shallow place. It doesn't change before/after letdown, and it doesn't matter whether it's first thing in the morning (when I'm full) or late at night (when I'm not full). I can't really say how uncomfortable it is because pretty much everything about bfing is uncomfortable for me! My nipples have lots of bruising and cracking (it's been that way since I left the hospital 15 weeks ago ), so I can't tell if he's continuing to cause damage or not. It bothers me that his latch looks/seems to shallow. I just keep refering to all the Newman video clips and other video clips online, but all of them are for newborns.
Do babies change their latch as they get older? Do you expect something different from a 3 month old than from a newborn?
Finally, how do you measure how much breast tissue the baby takes in his mouth? I've read that it should be an inch to an inch and a half, but how exactly do I measure this? My LC told me that at this age, as long as he has 3/4" in his mouth, it should be okay. How can I tell?