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    I know I can call that breastfeeding league and the lactation at the hospital but I feel I'll get more real answers from you guys.

    The lady said it shouldn't really hurt if he's latched on right. Is this true? B/c it does hurt. Also, he only swallows once in awhile otherwise he's just sucking.

    Do you think he's still getting enough? I'm very tempted at times to give him some formula b/c I'm afraid he's not since he doesn't make the swallowing noises a lot I know colostrum is coming out b/c I'm seeing it. I didn't see it yesterday or Fri, but today I'm seeing it.
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    If he's not getting enough - he will want to nurse MORE....

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    well, SOME women have an INITIAL ouch...but it fades quickly...the latch is still right.

    generally speaking tho, no, if the latch is right...it SHOULDNT hurt....thats not to say it wont.

    When a baby breastfeeds, its normally a deep drawing suck...suck - pause - suck rhythm, kwim?

    I know u had mentioned u were giving bottles too...maybe he's suffering from nipple confusion?

    bottles are easier to feed off of, so he may be being lazy at the breast.
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    nursing hurts like a b*tch for the first few weeks, no matter if you have him latched right or not. If hes not latched right, it will feel bad- but a different bad!
    Just unattach him & reposition if you dont think it feels right. If he has enough wet diapers, then you're doing well!





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    Quote Originally Posted by AG2Wife View Post
    nursing hurts like a b*tch for the first few weeks, no matter if you have him latched right or not. If hes not latched right, it will feel bad- but a different bad!
    Just unattach him & reposition if you dont think it feels right. If he has enough wet diapers, then you're doing well!
    again, maybe not.

    I successfully nursed 3 and never had any pain
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    I'd say if it hurts a lot the whole time you are nursing, he's not latched right. Check out his lips, you should be able to see all of his top and bottom lips, he should sort of look like a fish. I know when I first started nursing, my dd would suck her bottom lip in, and that makes nursing hurt like a mother, but if I just pulled gently on her lower lip/chin, it popped out and it didn't hurt anymore.
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    With Breanna and Evan I had an initial tenderness (not a real hurt but an uncomfy feeling) when they would latch. Johnny though hurt like a mother. The nurses and Lactation Specialist all saw how I had him latched and none of them said he wasn't latche on right. I would reposition him and no matter what it still hurt. Before we left the hossy I was bleeding. Within a week later he was diagnosed with Thrush and I started to pump only so as not to pass it back and forth.

    If he is getting enough milk it will show in his diapers and if he is gaining weight. As long as he is having enough wet and poopy diapers then he is fine. He should have 6-8 wet diapers a day and 2 or more poopy diapers a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLBnJVB3 View Post
    With Breanna and Evan I had an initial tenderness (not a real hurt but an uncomfy feeling) when they would latch. Johnny though hurt like a mother. The nurses and Lactation Specialist all saw how I had him latched and none of them said he wasn't latche on right. I would reposition him and no matter what it still hurt. Before we left the hossy I was bleeding. Within a week later he was diagnosed with Thrush and I started to pump only so as not to pass it back and forth.

    If he is getting enough milk it will show in his diapers and if he is gaining weight. As long as he is having enough wet and poopy diapers then he is fine. He should have 6-8 wet diapers a day and 2 or more poopy diapers a day.
    the wet diapers are a better indicaton....

    where the "norm" is a daily BM with breastfed babies...some only go once every other day...or as I have heard lately...once a week!...still normal.
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    Until your milk comes all the way in, you probably won't be able to hear him swallow the colostrum. I didn't actually start hearing the big gulps until my milk was fully in. When they nursed the colostrum, I'd hear the occasional swallow but it's not something you will probably continuously hear b/c the colostrum just didn't as watery and liquidy as the breastmilk will be. I bet when your milk is fully in, you'll be hearing gulps.

    If your milk is fully in, you may still not hear a gulp every suck or two. It will be dependent on his nursing style and whether he's a suck suck swallow baby or a suck suck... pause... suck suck suck swallow All of mine were completely different when it came to nursing style and how fast they ate.

    I don't have an answer for you as to whether it should or should not hurt. I had Hunter latched properly and he tore me up BAD. Even with half my breast in his mouth, just the sucking power alone hurt my nipples sooooooooo bad. He clamped down and sucked with a force like no other So, it can hurt, even if they are latched properly. I'll tell you though that a lot of Hunter's issue was nipple confusion b/c of the bottles we were supplementing (b/c I was hurting so bad, I was trying to get a small break to recover). Eventually, it lead to horribly cracked and bleeding nipples, despite having a good latch. So, nipple confusion can be really bad. The problem is that the bottles are soooooo much easier to drink from than the breast. So, they get eager and frustrated when they have to work for the breastmilk to come out, rather than it dripping out through the bottle. This is where I had big problems, as do most breastfeeding moms who supplement bottles early on. Some babies can work past it but some babies will require you to do one or the other until they are old enough to differentiate.
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    I know when I nursed, they recommanded no nipples until after 2 months or around the time you go back to work. Because, you can have a hard time with latching on ect. I hurt for about 3 weeks after the baby until your skin toughens up.

    Good luck
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