Re: Sore Nipples & Latch Question
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby!
Here's a useful link on making the nipple sandwich the PP mentioned: http://www.mother-2-mother.com/NippleSandwich.htm
Some more things you can do:
- See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. With latching issues, I don't think there's a good substitute for hands-on help!
- Patience. A lot of moms don't wait for the wide-open mouth.
- Support the breast throughout the feeding. Sometimes the breast is too heavy for the baby's tiny mouth- imagine if you had to hold up a water balloon as big as or bigger than your head using only your gums, lips, and tongue!- and the baby "slips up" on the nipple as she loses her grasp. You can use your hand or tuck a rolled up washcloth under the breast, or you can try feeding is the side-lying position, in which the surface you're lying on does the work of supporting the breast.
- Get your baby checked for tongue tie.
- Try to latch her on before she's really hungry. A hungry baby is often too frantic to latch well, leading to her trying to "slurp" the nipple in.
- If latching is going badly, interrupt the process by offering the baby your pinky finger to suck on. Hold the nail down towards her tongue to avoid damaging the delicate soft palate. Once she's sucked for a few seconds and has calmed down a bit, you can try to relatch.
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