Re: Hi all! New mom here with a few questions..
Has anyone talked to you about the possibility of thrush? APNO will help with thrush if that's what it is, but if thrush is the problem or part of the problem you really need to treat the baby as well as yourself.
The LC's advice is good advice- but the course of action she is suggesting is not risk-free. As you said, you really don't want to introduce the bottle this early and risk nipple confusion. However, for a mom who is on the point of quitting due to pain, a 24-48 hour break can make a world of difference.
-She said I could pump one breast to let it heal for about 24-48hrs and bottle feed him and nurse him on the other breast. I really don't want to introduce a bottle too early. Is there any advice out there about this?
1. Strive for the best latch possible every single time.
I would take any other advice at this point to make the feedings less painful
2. Experiment with different positions.
3. See a different LC, preferably an IBCLC. Sometimes one pro will pick up on something that another has missed.
4. Go topless/braless as much as possible.
5. Moist healing (lanolin, soothies, APNO).
6. Keep your house humid.
7. Pump a little before latching baby on to draw nipples out.
8. Immerse cracked nipples in a shot glass of warm water for 30-60 seconds before nursing to hydrate scabs- moist scabs tear open less painfully than dry ones.
9. Nipple sandwich technique: http://www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com/latch-on.html
10. Give it time! Latch problems with a newborn are tough, but as the baby grows and his mouth grows, they tend to disappear. A bigger mouth can latch on more deeply.
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