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ouch! latching advice, please! loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
26th Dec '12

How in the world do I get a proper latch? My LO is 3 days old and tearing my nipples apart. I feel like her mouth is too tiny :/

Mama Kat ♥ 2 kids; NAPLES, ME, United States 9549 posts
status 26th Dec '12

I do the hamburger squish lol Idk the 'proper' word for it but it helped to make sure that he wasn't just hanging out on the tip. Also see if her lips look like fish lips. If not take her off and try again

martinez♥ Due February 13; 2 kids; Fort Myers, Florida 2593 posts
26th Dec '12

Try positioning your nipple in front of her nose instead of in front of her mouth, that'll help her open wider.. Also, don't lean over to give her the b**b, try to lean back and bring her to your b**b instead so that it doesn't hurt your back or she doesn't slide when you lean back to get comfortable. Make sure her lips are poked out and your nipple is far enough back in her mouth. It should be all the way back in the soft palate (run your tongue along the roof of your mouth, where it suddenly dents in and goes soft is where your nipple should be in her mouth). Also, they might be a little tender anyways because your breasts aren't used to all this.

loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
26th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Katrina,Phia&Easton's Ma:</b>" I do the hamburger squish lol Idk the 'proper' word for it but it helped to make sure that he wasn't just hanging out on the tip."</blockquote>




That's exactly what my midwife told me but it stil isn't working :( maybe I just have to be patient and hope it gets better

Zoe&Harper's Mom (Em) 2 kids; Alabama 16918 posts
26th Dec '12

well the first 2 weeks they will be sensitive but you need to get the full nipple and some of the areola in babies mouth. I would pinch your breast about 1 inch above your nipple (like a sandwich) then tickle her nose and move your nipple downward (this should get her to open up wide) then pull her mouth onto breast getting all of your nipple and the areola in her mouth as possible. They do have small mouths but with practice and time you should be able to get the latch down. I also did lanolin before and after feeding and even allow your breasts to air dry to help with any sore nipples.

Mama Kat ♥ 2 kids; NAPLES, ME, United States 9549 posts
status 26th Dec '12
Quoting waiting on little luna!:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Katrina,Phia&Easton's Ma:</b>" I do the hamburger squish lol ... [snip!] ... That's exactly what my midwife told me but it stil isn't working :( maybe I just have to be patient and hope it gets better"


Does she keep spitting it out? My son would do that and I had to keep trying over and over.Do you have lanolin or coconut oil to put on after feedings?

Zoe&Harper's Mom (Em) 2 kids; Alabama 16918 posts
26th Dec '12

I have also used my pinky finger to pull her lips outward if they are turned in. All else fails pinky finger to break suction and try again

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
26th Dec '12

Make sure your nipple is lined up with LO's nose so she has to open wide & reach type deal lol kinda suck at explaining..& if she's not latched correctly, break the latch & try again. When she's done feeding, rub sine breast milk on your nipples and let them air dry & then apply the Lanolin:) good luck!! I'm almost 3 weeks into it. The first week was rough but it gets soo much better

loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
29th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Katrina,Phia&Easton's Ma:</b>" Does she keep spitting it out? My son would do that and I had to keep trying over and over.Do you have lanolin or coconut oil to put on after feedings?"</blockquote>




Nope. The second she gets a hold, she does not let go until she's full. She has proper lip positioning, both stick out like fish lips. I've been using medela nipple cream religiously. Have coconut oil, too I just didn't know I could use it for that.