Re: Nipple "Too Big"???
Sounds like the hospital LC gave you some pretty questionable advice. Babies don't nipple-feed, they breastfeed. When a baby is properly latched, the nipple is deep inside the mouth, and the baby is sucking predominantly on breast tissue, and the breast is a lot bigger than the nipple (Unless you have some really unusual nipples!).
I'd suggest seeing a non-hospital LC, preferably an IBCLC, for some hands-on help. There's no substitute when you have a latch issue with a newborn!
Tips on getting a baby to open wide:
- Patience. You may need to wait for him to really open up.
- Try getting to him before he's crying, since once a baby is crying he's frantic and impatient, and may be thrashing around and not opening well.
- If he's frantic, try offering your pinky finger with nail held down towards his tongue. Sucking on your pinky may calm him enough to allow a second latching attempt.
- Show him what you want him to do: even young babies can mirror you, so open your mouth really wide when attempting to latch him on.
- Try the "nipple sandwich technique discussed here: http://www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com/latch-on.html
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