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I BF my son for the first 3 wks using a nipple shield because he was born tongue tied. Since having it clipped 3 wks ago, I've been able to go without using one. Should I still be experiencing terrible pain for several seconds after he latches on?! I mean, I feel like coming unglued when he first latches on ... it hurts SO bad! They are so sore, I cringe when something brushes up against them. When I'm feeding him, the pain subsides and even if he unlatches and latches back on, it doesn't hurt. Is this normal, and if so, when can I expect it to go away?!
Hey girl (Im in you DDC) I have been breast feeding Remi for 8 weeks now and I STILL also get the immediate pain when he first latches. However- I get the pain because my "let down" happens ONLY in those first few seconds that he latches. I literally jump out of my seat when he first latches, my eyes water and I grit my teeth but it goes away within a minute or two.
Maybe thats whats going on with you too?? Maybe its just your "let down"? Or maybe your nips are just super sensitive. Does it hurt the entire time he feeds or just those first few seconds/minutes?
It happened to me as well, but it went away after about 3 weeks.. My guess is that since you used the nipple shield it protected your nipples and they didn't initially *Toughen up* Just give it some time.. I found Rescue remedy really helpful to take before feeding, it helps you relax to get through that pain. I also would concentrate on a focal point to get through it. It gets better, just hold on
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If it goes away right after he latches, it is mostly your nipples getting used to the breastfeeding. Double check his latch as well and make sure it is deep enough. Massage lanolin into your nipples every chance you can get. It will go away soon. Hang in there!
I wouldn't worry too much since it does go away after he latches on. Maybe give it a few more weeks and see what happens. If it gets worse, I would consider thrush or get his latch checked to see if maybe the way he is latching on initially is causing the soreness.
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