bad latch on one side at 6 months???

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Registered: 04-03-2006
bad latch on one side at 6 months???
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Sun, 11-29-2009 - 8:28pm
DD just turned 6 months yesterday. Last week sometime I started to get a really bad pain in my nipple while dd nursed on the right side. I thought I was getting thrush and was actually going to call doctor tomorrow. But then today right after she nursed I took a good look at my nipple and on the under side I noticed a small "hole" from where her latch must be wrong. But what would be causing this to happen now and only on one side? Do babies sometimes just not like nursing on one side? How do I get it to heal? I had this with my oldest ds but it was when he was first born and on both nipples. His tongue was on the roof of him mouth when he nursed and I had severely damaged nipples. I wore a nipple shied for 3 months but successfully nursed him to 14 months so I know I can get through this but how do I heal and how do I figure out what she is doing wrong?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 11-29-2009 - 10:18pm



Sometimes babies of any age develop a preference for one breast vs the other due to things like a faster or slower flow from one breast, the shape of the nipple, just a preference maybe related to right or left handedness on mom’s side of things and her comfort on one side. It can be difficult to figure out the exact cause and it’s not always important to.


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Registered: 04-03-2006
Mon, 11-30-2009 - 7:35am
Well I do feel like I have more milk on my undamaged side, but that is just a feeling based on fullness. She does do some acrobatics and pull to look at things but I thought she did it on both sides, but maybe not. I don't think she is teething but occasionally I have felt her bite down and no new teeth yet. I have thought about pumping that side and will probably go to that if it doesn't start heeling. I started using lanolin yesterday and I started trying a football type hold yesterday on that side. It doesn't hurt as bad while she is feeding.

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