February 2013 Moms

If you are going to BF...

RUN to the store and grab all you can of these http://www.target.com/p/lansinoh-soothies-gel-pads-1-count/-/A-12729475#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=gel+soothie+breast

Seriously. My nipples are dry bleeding and cracking by day 1 of BFing and the thought of nursing brought me to tears. These make all the difference. I'm also told Earth mama angel baby nipple butter is a must have and am on a mission to find that right now.  

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Re: If you are going to BF...

  • I plan on breast feeding for the third time once this new baby arrives.  I used a nipple shield with both of my previous kids in the beginning which helped a lot.  I ordered Earth Mama nipple butter from Target online.  Babies R Us claimed it was in the store, but I went to two in my area and couldn't find it.  

    I SWEAR to you the pain gets so much better if you can bear to tough it out for the first ten days....

     

  • On the same topic, but just a question for STMs; If you BF with your first and felt no pain, cracking or soreness is there a possibility that you might with your 2nd?
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    On the same topic, but just a question for STMs; If you BF with your first and felt no pain, cracking or soreness is there anbsp;possibilitynbsp;that you might with your 2nd?


    I had some pain the first few days at least with DS2 and I BF DS1 for 14 months. Just think your nipples have to get broken in again so to speak!

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    I SWEAR to you the pain gets so much better if you can bear to tough it out for the first ten days....

     

    I'm clinging to this. Everyone told me it would be painful but omg it's toe curling bite down and want to scream pain.  

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  • I believe we did pick up a box of those. I wanted to get a shield too but I had no idea what size to buy.
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    image bride2BMD:

    I SWEAR to you the pain gets so much better if you can bear to tough it out for the first ten days....

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    I'm clinging to this. Everyone told me it would be painful but omg it's toe curling bite down and want to scream pain. &nbsp;


    Thank you for posting this! I have been in so much pain every time is nurse, ever since weaning off the shield. I nurse twice and then bottle feed right now, and every time it's bottle time I am so relieved that my nipples have some rest time. I was beginning to think something was wrong and was going to call a LC this week for advice. I will definitely be running out to get some of those soothing pads asap!
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  • i will be a FTM (baby is still inside) so i have NO idea what i am talking about but i took a breast feeding class and the lactation consultant said at least a dozen times that breast feeding shouldn't hurt & if it does to call her.

    was that just clever marketing, business drumming on her part? i left the class feeling so relieved that breast feeding wasn't  as painful as it had been made out to be. this thread is making me second guess?

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    i will be a FTM (baby is still inside) so i have NO idea what i am talking about but i took a breast feeding class and the lactation consultant said at least a dozen times that breast feeding shouldn't hurt & if it does to call her.

    was that just clever marketing, business drumming on her part? i left the class feeling so relieved that breast feeding wasn't  as painful as it had been made out to be. this thread is making me second guess?

    I've been what my lactation consultant called a "power breast feeder" (huge supply right away, very few problems, etc.) but it does hurt.  As your nipples get use to the constant attention and use, they may crack and bleed. that causes soreness. Plus you and your baby are learning how to latch properly and how to optimize your feeding time. it is a learning curve. you will more than likely be sore for a few days, but it should mellow out after that. the other products just help it not get too bad so that you arent in so much pain that you give up. hth!

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  • If it hurts too much, baby is not getting a proper latch.  There may be some pain in the beginning but you really should not be bleeding or cracking. They always told me to tease the mouth open wide and plug.  Sounds weird, I know.  But the second it hurts, try again until you have some comfort...aside from someone sucking on your boob for nourishment, LOL.  Also, if you rub your leaking colostrum or breastmilk on your nipples, it also helps to soothe and heal.
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  • If a painful latch persists, it can be incorrect and I would see a Lactation consultant.  But I found the toe curling YOWZER pain for the first thirty seconds happened with both kids in the beginning and they latched fine.  It hurts, but it gets better and then actually becomes such a great bonding time with your baby.

    I have heard the pain described like having two chip clips placed on your nipples!  Something for our husbands or SOs to try!! 

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  • I wanted to throw this out there too...I had some latch problems with my first DS and had a lot of bleeding and cracked nipples for weeks. My ob prescribed Newman's Nipple Cream and it saved our BF relationship! This time I asked for that prescription when being discharged from the hospital and it has already helped with the general nipple soreness that comes with the first few days.
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  • Oh, the toe curling pain. I remember it well. And I want to slap every LC that says, "If it hurts you're doing it wrong!"

    Sometimes it just hurts! And if my baby was doing it wrong, well she wasn't good at taking directions, then!

    I looooooooved the soothies, stuck in the fridge in advance. Mine are packed and ready to go!

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    i will be a FTM (baby is still inside) so i have NO idea what i am talking about but i took a breast feeding class and the lactation consultant said at least a dozen times that breast feeding shouldn't hurt & if it does to call her.

    was that just clever marketing, business drumming on her part? i left the class feeling so relieved that breast feeding wasn't  as painful as it had been made out to be. this thread is making me second guess?

     

    This gets passed around a lot, but having had a really positive BF experience with my first -- I cannot say those first few weeks were not painful. I think most would say it is normal to feel some pain and discomfort in the beginning, but mostly it should pass with let down. And yes, it is a bit toe-curling at times. DH said I had a 'latch-on' face for the first few weeks.

    But once you get things established, or if the pain is for the entire time they are nursing, then I would say it probably is not normal. But take a look at the diagrams of how much of your boob the baby is actually chomping down on, and then you can see that it is not so 'unnatural' that there is some discomfort in the beginning.

    I am curious to see if it will be similar this time around.

    Also, an additional discomfort I had was that BFing speeds up the contraction of your uterus. I found this very uncomfortable and painful. They say it only gets worse with each kid... not looking forward to it.  

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