Question for Breastfeeding Mama's??

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Question for Breastfeeding Mama's??

So I just had my baby a couple weeks ago, and I only made it to one week breastfeeding Brookelyn... so I need some advice!! Christopher latches on great so far my nipples are not cracked or anything yay for that!! Here is my question. My breast seem to ache or it's some kind of painful feeling.. I am just wondering if this is just bc he is a newborn and over time I won't feel this pain? Or does this last the entire time I plan on breastfeeding?? I hope you girls are able to help me!! TIA:)

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Newborn nursing pain most certainly doesn't last the entire time you plan to nurse. The first 5 weeks seem to be the most challenging comfort-wise. If you can make it to 6 weeks nursing exclusively, you'll set yourself up for a wonderful BFing relationship.

When are you feeling the ache? Is it when he first latches on, the entire time, afterwards, even when he's not nursing? Is it just your nipple or does it feel deeper? Have you always felt this pain or is it something relatively new? Is it both breasts?

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Totally what Erin said. Though there are some other things that can cause the ache (see her questions) but hopefully just the NB stuff that will pass pretty quickly.

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I feel the pain when he first latches on, it doesn't last the entire time I nurse him, it is relatively new.. I don't think I felt it in the hospital at all. I can feel it when I am not nursing him, and when I pump I still feel the same pain. It is not the nipples that are sore it is the aroea(?) and yes it is both breasts.

Thank you for responding!! I am glad it isn't going to last the entire time. 6 weeks doesn't seem that far away so that is good to know. It has already gotten easier than when we were in the hospital still.

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Are there any spots on your nipple? Wondering if maybe there's a milk blister or two bothering you. I had one recently and it drove me nuts.

Also, check the latch. I know my best friend had an issue where her little girl got a bit lazy around 3ish weeks and she had to get her back into a good latch and stay there. A bad latch can affect your breasts more than just during nursing.

Keep going! This truly is the hard part.

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With both my girls I would have some pain when they initially latched. Does it go away relatively quickly?
For me, after about 5-6 weeks breastfeeding became much easier and even the initial latching pain went away.
Good luck - you're doing great! And it does get easier the longer you go. Smile

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Are you sure its not the letdown you're feeling? I find it a little painful at first, totally normal.

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It could be actually bc that is when I feel the most pain is when I am full.. and when he is hungry. I just pumped some before he woke up to take some of the pressure off.

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What your explaining sounds like normal "pain" that you get when you first start BF Smile Sounds normal to me

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Thanks everyone! I am glad that it is "normal" pain, and so very happy to hear that it does get easier the longer I stick to it. I wish I had stuck it out when it came to the girls.. well with Brookelyn I kinda couldn't bc of an infection I had, and I would have had to pump and dump for 28 days, but with Alexis I could have kept going, but she kept losing weight, and had to drive over a hour away every other day for her to be weighed. Thank goodness when it comes to Christopher ppl come here and weigh him:)

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Seems normal to me. Can I ask why you're pumping? Pumping to relieve pressure can just lead to more pressure. BFing is all about supply and demand. Right now your body is trying to figure out how much your wee one needs and if you trick it into thinking he needs more by pumping then you're going to have persistent engorgement problems. If you're pumping to give him a bottle then that's OK because he's drinking what you're pumping. However, keep in mind that pumping isn't as efficient at removing milk than baby is and could lead to a reduction in your supply over time. Especially if you're supplementing with formula. Basically, the easiest way to establish the perfect supply for your baby's needs is to nurse him exclusively.

Sounds like you're doing a fantastic job!

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I was pumping to give him an extra 8oz of EBM in a 24 hour period. I had this whole breastfeeding plan I had to do so he would gain weight. They wanted me to do formula, but I said I would pump and feed him on top of bfing him as well. I am hoping the next weight check than I won't have to do that anymore! He is 7lbs 3oz and he was 7lbs 2oz at birth. So here's to hoping they will get off my back now!!