Ok, BTDT moms... I have an embarrassing question about breastfeeding...

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Ok, BTDT moms... I have an embarrassing question about breastfeeding...
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 12:19pm

I know we still have a long time until I have to worry about it, but I've been getting all this advice from other moms to really read about breastfeeding before the baby gets here so that I have at least a little bit of a handle on it when the time comes.  I keep reading about proper latch and colostrum and schedules but I can't find an answer to the one thing that I'm truly worried about..

...you see, my nipples are extremely ticklish.. :smileyembarrassed:  I can hardly handle my husband messing with them, so I'm worried that I'm going to be too sensitive to breastfeed and it's REALLY important to me that I stick with it.  Is it just something that you get used to?  Like, they toughen up or something?  I would be mortified if I started giggling uncontrollably the first time I nursed. 

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First, depending on how long your labor is the first time you nurse you will be so exhausted I guarantee you won't be laughing. Second, if it hurts that much something is wrong. Honestly breastfeeding is the one thing that came easily to me. Be reassured that not everyone struggles with it. My son's latch was a little weird but not totally wrong so it never hurt. I loved bf him and kept it up until he was 15 months and weaned himself. 

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I have very sensitive nipples too, but keep in mind that except when precious is falling asleep, the grip is way too hard for tickling. But when they're doing that, yeah.

I agree 110% with the PP who said to have the LC come and give you some pointers with this and every delivery. 

 

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I've been reading a LOT of bleeding and cracking nipples...

So first, if you have extreme pain while the baby is latching on, it may not be a correct latch. It may be uncomfortable at first, but not very painful. Second, As long as you take good care of your nipples you will not get cracked and bleeding nipples. After every feed, make sure you hand express a little milk and rub it on, it will protect and heal. After it is dry, you will also want to use lanolin (don't buy it, it is given to you by the hospital). These two things will protect and heal your nipples.

My goodness, I have never said NIPPLES so many times!! :smileytongue:

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Will it tickle?  Uh, no, not even close.  I will say this in addition to what the other ladies had to say ... IF you find that it hurts way more than you expected it would, then please go see a lactation consultant.  I was told it would hurt & when it did I just thought that was the way of breastfeeding.  But I'm talking this was PAINFUL for me as in my toes would curl up when he would latch on & tears would come to my eyes, and then my nipples started cracking & bleeding.  Turns out that he wasn't latching on correctly, he was basically just on the nipple, hence the pain & bleeding!  Once we got it correct (and my nips healed) it not only didn't hurt, there really was no uncomfortable sensation at all. 

So there's my cautionary tale! :smileyhappy:

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Don't worry they'll toughen up. You'll be more worried about getting them on there and getting a correct latch you won't even think about the fact that you're ticklish.
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My daughter is a month old today and I'm still working on getting her to latch. The day my milk came in I was in a room with my daughter, my son, and two of their cousins. All under 1 and fussy. Talk about adding fuel to the fire of already painfully full boobs! Lol I believe that once it's your baby it's totally different. I thought it would be weird since I usually really like when my husband touches mine but it was just different.
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I dont know about anyone else but the first time I breastfed my boobs hurt so bad I couldn't even think of them being ticklish, even though they are really sensitive normally. I'm surprised I even stuck with it because they hurt from my milk coming in and were so chapped they'd bleed ALL the time. It was so painful. I had a terrible time for the first week or so but was glad I continued with it.

I also think that when we are breastfeeding we are so determined to make it work that the things we worry about beforehand seem to go unnoticed. So I think you'll do fine! :smileyhappy:
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Yeah, you get used to it! -I'm not ticklish there though, so I don't know if it'd tickle you...I doubt it, it will probably just hurt! LOL. But only at first, after a couple weeks your nipples really toughen up.

I took a breastfeeding class when I was pregnant with my first that was really helpful. You might want to see what classes your hospital offers. Also, our hospital would have a lactation specialist there every day. So after I delivered, I would request to have the lactation specialist come. She was soooo helpful...she'd watch to see how the baby is latching on and give tips and advice. I always would have the specialist come, with each baby, because it's always good to have a little refresher! So, just another thing you might want to check to see if your hospital offers!