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breastfeeding and spit up danibean 3 kids; Graham, Washington 621 posts
1st Apr '12

I searched the forums and couldn't find the answer I was looking for...so I thought I would just ask my questions.



A little background....My LO is 6 days old today. He has been nursing like a champ. He latches on and it hurts really bad for the first few sucks. But then it stops and isn't painful anymore. This pain tho makes me think maybe his latch is wrong, also they aren't bleeding, but there are red spots on one side and a red line down the middle of the tip of the nipple on the other. I'm using lansinoh on them with every feeding. When I burp him he seems to spit up a lot. I don't remeber my first two spitting up this much this early. My milk came in on Friday. And he obviously is getting more substance so he doesn't nurse as frequently. Still atleast every 3 hours but sometimes goes without eating for 5 hours. He poops every feeding, and it smells horrible. I don't remember breastfed poop ever smelling this bad. Like sulfuric rotten eggs.



So my questions are these:
Is it normal for it to still hurt when he latches?
Is it normal for him to spit up this early on?
Should his poop smell this bad?
What can I try to help with the pain of latching?

Ozzie & BamBam 17 kids; Houston, Texas 3906 posts
1st Apr '12

Sounds like your nipple feeding mine hurt in the beginning to and sometimes at night he latches on wrong too and his hurts so bad i cringe. I use nipple butter cause its softer than lanolin. It doesnt hurt when i put it on. As for spitting up my son spits up too his pedi says if it doesnt seem like hes spitting up everything he ate than its normal. Idk abt his poop my sons poopies smell like buttered popcorn and in the beginning they smelt bad too but not bad enough to make me think of eggs lol.

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
1st Apr '12

6 days def, your nipples are still getting use to it, after a couple weeks you will be good, haha me within months they were made of steel!



if course his poop is gonna smell!
and the spit up thing, my daughter spit up really bad for a couple weeks, it was because my let down was strong so it made her have to drink it fast, but your milk will even out and he will eventually not spit up at all anymore.



just try and tough it out with the pain, it gets better!

danibean 3 kids; Graham, Washington 621 posts
1st Apr '12

Besides the initial latching pain, breast feeding is going great! So I don't want to give up. I just try to take some deep breaths during the first few suckles, then the pain goes away. its going so smoothly otherwise tho, I just keep telling myself that the pain is only temporary...

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
1st Apr '12
Quoting danibean:" Besides the initial latching pain, breast feeding is going great! So I don't want to give up. I just ... [snip!] ... then the pain goes away. its going so smoothly otherwise tho, I just keep telling myself that the pain is only temporary..."


yea and it gets so much easier and better!

~ Account Closed ~ California 3088 posts
1st Apr '12
Quoting danibean:" I searched the forums and couldn't find the answer I was looking for...so I thought I would just ask ... [snip!] ... it normal for him to spit up this early on? Should his poop smell this bad? What can I try to help with the pain of latching?"

My dd's poop never smelled like that when ebf. I believe that smell is a sign of too much foremilk. You may want to hand express a little bit before feeding lo.