Ouch!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-23-2013
Ouch!
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Wed, 01-23-2013 - 12:41pm

Hello.

I'm brand new to iVillage but was hoping you lovely ladies could offer some advice.  My baby girl was born on December 15th and breastfeeding is going well.  Baby is gaining weight nicely and overall I'm enjoying breastfeeding her. My biggest issue is the pain though!  I swear that when she latches on, my feet curl it hurts so bad.  I've noticed a few cracks too.  Anything I can do to get rid of this pain? Will it just go away after we've been breastfeeding for longer?  Any help is appreciated.  Thank you!

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
In reply to: ohbaby2012
Tue, 01-29-2013 - 5:58pm
I'm glad you decided to see an LC. A hands on visit with a good LC is worth its weight in gold and worth every penny you might spend. Keep us posted how the appointment goes.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-23-2013
In reply to: ohbaby2012
Tue, 01-29-2013 - 12:39pm
Thank you both so much for taking the time to respond. Things have gotten a wee bit better, but still hurts quite a bit. I did see an LC in the hospital but I've called another this morning to get in and see if we can figure out what's going on. Hoping it is just a latch issue and with some help from the LC, we can figure out a solution. I will keep you updated. Thanks again!
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-21-2009
In reply to: ohbaby2012
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 9:08pm

Ouch is right! As Dana said it’s not normal to have so much pain. Definitely consider seeing a lactation consultant in person to help. Most commonly nipple pain is related to how the baby’s mouth is on the breast.

Here’s some information to explain:

How do I know my baby is latched correctly?

http://www.ivillage.com/breast-feeding-latch-information-ivillagecom/6-a-127400

Nipple soreness:

http://parenting.ivillage.com/newborn/0,,8znxl4pf,00.html

After you read the links get back and let us know what you think. Do you have access to a local LC?

Warmly,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

iVillage lactation consultant

and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas and Charlotte    

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
In reply to: ohbaby2012
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 1:17pm

Welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by! Congrats on your new little one and your decision to breastfeed!

At almost one month, you definitely should NOT be in toe-curling pain. Some transient soreness for the first week or two is normal as your body adjusts to breastfeeding but it shouldn't be severe. 

How do you feel like her latch is? Do you feel like she gapes open wide and gets a good portion of areola into her mouth or do you feel like it could be deeper? What positions do you typically use?

Did you use with a board certified lactation consultant in the hospital? Do you feel like it could be an option for you to make an appointment with a local LC to work hands-on on your latch?

Also, do you know if anyone has ever evaluated baby's mouth for tongue tie? Have you noticed if she is able to extend her tongue beyond her lower gumline?

Hang in there!

Dana

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