M.M. asks from Columbia, MO on January 31, 2008
Help! Wider Latch-on Needed
My baby is feeding really well (she's 5 days old now) and has already surpassed her birth weight, but her latch is so narrow that its killing my nipples. Anybody have any suggestions on how to get her to latch-on more widely? We've been to the doctor and have been assured that there aren't any physical or other kinds of problems, it's just that she wants to latch very narrowly. I didn't have any problems BFing my son in the beginning, so I'd love some advice (even if it's just for a lactation consultant).
So What Happened?™
Hi, I appreciate all this support and advice! In the end, I decided I wanted some one-on-one advice from a lactation consultant, and am SO happy that I took the advice of one poster and called Peggy at the Art of Breastfeeding ###-###-####). She took the time to help me work with my baby and restored my confidence and joy in breastfeeding. I understand better the advice I'm reading here after talking with her, and appreciate the tips to call someone with experience!
S.B. answers from Chicago on February 01, 2008
When I had problems breastfeeding at the beginning I had Peggy Healy come to my house. She is a lactation consultant with The Art of Breastfeeding. She works in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
She was amazing and helped me so much. I bet she'd have some great suggestions. And a friend of mine called her on the phone once to ask some questions, and there was no charge for that, and according to my friend it was really helpful.
Good Luck and congratulations on your new baby!
P.D. answers from Chicago on January 31, 2008
I would be happy to see you and help you ..
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S.W. answers from Chicago on February 01, 2008
Try holding the breast in one hand and the baby's little head in the other hand. Tickle her mouth with the nipple and as soon as she opens wide, very quickly push her onto the nipple. If she doesn't get all or most of the areola in her mouth, you might want to try again. Slip your finger into the side of her mouth and pop her off. It sometimes takes a couple of tries especially when they are so tiny. Another trick when she is already latched on is to push down gently on her little chin to open her mouth wider, rolling her lower lip out into a pouty lip. You can also try and roll her upper lip out a little while she is latched on. It can be painful if their little lips are rolled in instead of out. Don't worry if you have to re-latch a few times each time you feed her. She is learning and eventually she will do it on her own.
A.M. answers from Chicago on February 01, 2008
I used a lactation consultant at the Art of Breastfeeding. I don't remember her name - maybe peggy. She was great. She came to the house. It cost $200 I think but was worth every penny.
J.P. answers from Chicago on January 31, 2008
I also had issues and really the best help you can get is hands on help. I would really encourage you to go see or have a lactation consultant come to your home. It takes some practice and you don't want the baby getting into bad habits. It can get so painful, so for the sake of your nipples have a LC watch and give you feedback ;)Good luck!!
K.C. answers from Chicago on January 31, 2008
With my second son, I had to really "teach" him how to get the right latch. This is difficult because you're still holding their head and it seems like you need another hand or something but what helped him was to literally place a good amount of the nipple and areola in his mouth after stroking his cheek a little. If he did not have a good latch I would gently break the latch by inserting my finger and then try again. Also, it doesn't hurt to have a lactation consultant check his latch as they may have other ideas and information. Congrats on your new little one!
A.S. answers from Chicago on February 01, 2008
You've gotten good advice here, I just wanted to add that to help give you some relief in between nursing, you can try softshields. They keep your nipple from rubbing against your bra and let it stay in a natural shape rather than squishing it in your bra....and let it stay dry so it can heal. They were a life saver for me.
I had similar latch problems with my son....it is so hard when you can't get them to eat/eat properly. Another product that helped me ALOT was a My Brest Friend pillow. It positions the baby just perfectly to help you out with latch....boppies and regular pillows can't do that. You can't mess it up when you use a My Brest Friend.
M.B. answers from Chicago on February 01, 2008
Bravo!! She sounds like she is doing well, but it is Momma that is having trouble.I successfully nursed my first child well past his 2nd birthday. I thought I knew it all. My second child didn't latch well and eventually began losing weight. I spent time with a lactation consultant from our hospital. She worked with us over a few days to teach us both how to nurse better. I learned how to pull her chin down and push her on to my breast for a better latch. My painfully sore nipples healed and she gained weight. It was worth the struggle and the tears. It is a challange in the beginning but working with someone in person can resolve the problem more quickly. My advise is to contact your hospital for a resource. Good Luck!