How to fix a shallow latch

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Registered: 09-04-2007
How to fix a shallow latch
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Tue, 04-29-2008 - 8:59pm

I am still having a lot of trouble with breastfeeding. My daughter is now 5 1/2 weeks, and I've really been trying to breastfeed her exclusively and eliminate pumping, fingerfeeding and using a nipple shield. I finally had about three days in row where she was breastfeeding exclusively except for one fingerfeed each day. I was so excited! But, then my nipples started getting really sore. They're very pink and raw. I contacted my LC but can't get in for a week. So, in the meantime I've been researching online and think she has a shallow latch possibly.

I've been checking her lips while she's breastfeeding. Sometimes they don't look far enough apart, and I think she's sliding down towards my nipple as the feeding goes on. Towards the end it starts hurting, and my nipple will have almost a crease down the middle like it was pinched maybe. Any ideas on what I can do until next week?

I'm just so bummed. I finally thought we were getting the hang of it. I'm honestly very tired of constantly going to appointments for help and dealing with the pain and time consuming pumping. And I'm starting to get really stressed because I have to go back to work in 4 weeks and don't know what will happen then if we still aren't breastfeeding.

I actually went out and bought some formula because I was so ready to quit and then just felt so guilty. Breastfeeding is the one thing I really felt strongly about doing. I just never imagined it would be this hard. Ugh.




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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-29-2008 - 9:26pm

Here is our board LCs description of positioning and latch - it's excellent info and has been very helpful (its the info my own dd used when her 2nd nursling had small narrow latch) - link to her original post at bottom, along with couple other links w/pictures:


The first thing you need to know about a good latch is that