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October 13th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Kadyn is 3 weeks old now and we still have trouble latching in the left side. (We are still both new at this!)

I usually start feeds with my right, because it's easier. Then she'll finish, rest 10 minutes, then try the left. My problem with my left is my nipple won't stay erect and she can't latch. Any tips?!

She got so mad today she ended scratching my nipple in her frenzy which sent me to tears. I get so upset everytime she can't latch, because she is obviously hungry and gets so upset.
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October 13th, 2013, 01:48 PM
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What worked for us at first was the football hold on the left side.

Now we can cradle nurse and when she latches on either side I squeeze my nipple so it's easier or we to latch On and point it slightly up toward the roof of her mouth as she latches.

Hopefully more people can pipe in with more ideas too!

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October 14th, 2013, 05:21 AM
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It sounds like you have a flat nipple on that side. Massage the breast and then hand express until you have a let down. Take you nipple and roll it like a pencil between your fingers right before latching. If after you try several techniques and the baby will not latch, you could try a nipple shield. Are you hand expressing or pumping that side since the baby wont latch?
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October 14th, 2013, 06:18 AM
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I had flat nipples with my daughter and used a nipple shield the first few weeks. It was also suggested I could pump a couple minutes before nursing to draw out the nipple. If you're still having a trouble, I'd suggest finding a lactation consultant for some hands on help. I had a lot of latch issues with my daughter making nursing painful for months and I never got help. With my son, I saw a LC when he was 1 week old and she helped a lot.
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It sounds like you have a flat nipple on that side. Massage the breast and then hand express until you have a let down. Take you nipple and roll it like a pencil between your fingers right before latching. If after you try several techniques and the baby will not latch, you could try a nipple shield. Are you hand expressing or pumping that side since the baby wont latch?
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