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BF issue. Thea Saunders 2 kids; Whiteville, North Carolina 19 posts
23rd Feb '13

My milk came in, thankfully but unfortunatly it came in with a vengence. My nipples aren't that big but my aerola is rather large and it's causing serious problems with my daughter latching on. She can't get her mouth wide enough to get a good latch because my breasts are so full she slides right off. I tried to pump a little in hopes it would lossen me up a little but all it seems to do is make it worse. I don't know what to do and my lactation specialist seems to be avoiding me :( I want to breastfeed but I've been forced to give her a bottle (breastmilk when I can get it, formula when what I got wasn't enough). Any advice as to what I can do to relieve some of this pressure and give her a chance to actually latch on again?! I'm afraid if I don't get it worked out, it'll be too late and she won't ever latch right. :(

Brown Eyed Girl! Due December 7; 18 kids; North Dakota 12704 posts
23rd Feb '13

You could try a nipple shield. It's not a long term fix but it could work temporarily. It worked wonderfully with my first even though I only BF'd for 2 weeks.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 20544 posts
23rd Feb '13

Have you expressed milk into the sink or the shower? How does the pump make it worse, how much milk are you expressing with the pump?

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 14981 posts
23rd Feb '13

Take a warm shower and rub your breasts to get the milk flowing, then hand express enough to soften them up. When you get out you should be able to get LO to latch and if not you'll at least be able to pump a little easier.

L♥vey +2 Due October 2; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Nevada 2322 posts
23rd Feb '13

Definitely try a nipple shield. THey are really a pain in the butt, but my son had a latching problem and that was the only way he latched for the first few weeks then all of a suddent he was able to latch. I know what you mean about slipping off. My son just couldn't seem to get a good latch going as if I was too slippery. lol You can buy the shields at babies r us. Make sure you get the right size for your nipple.

Thea Saunders 2 kids; Whiteville, North Carolina 19 posts
23rd Feb '13

I had a horrible experience with the nipple shield with my first. He got completely dependent on it and it killed our ability to BF :( I really want to avoid it.
Pumping gets some milk out but makes my nipple sore in the process (I have a LOT of milk for some reason and the pressure is intense) and even after pumping I'm still too tight for her to get on, so I pump a little more, I can get an oz or more from my left side and about half an oz from the right, but it doesn't seem to matter how much I pump, she still can't get latched on due to the amount STILL in there -_- I've tried expressing a little by hand but I can't get anything out that way.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 20544 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting Thea Saunders:" I had a horrible experience with the nipple shield with my first. He got completely dependent on it ... [snip!] ... latched on due to the amount STILL in there -_- I've tried expressing a little by hand but I can't get anything out that way. "


It shouldn't really hurt your nipples to pump. Are you sure you have the correct size breast shield and don't have it turned up to high? You should be able to empty your breast (for the most part) with your pump. But really, go take a warm shower and express the milk until you think she can latch on.

Thea Saunders 2 kids; Whiteville, North Carolina 19 posts
23rd Feb '13

I have the biggest size *edit: I mean I have the biggest size because that's the size that I need* and I start it on low and work it up slowly till it's a good suction. If it hurts I pull it off and re-position and try again, when it still hurts I turn the suction down from about med-lo to low and thought the pain stops, so does the flow of milk. I'll try the shower and see if that works, I really hope something does, I really want to do this :(

L♥vey +2 Due October 2; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Nevada 2322 posts
23rd Feb '13

I'm so sorry you are going through this! I thought my son was going to be dependent on the shield too, but I think it was me that became dependent on it. I always used it. One day I just couldn't find it and bam he could latch and I was wondering if I had gone back to trying to latch him again if he could have done it sooner. Try to find another lactation consultant. You've got the milk so don't give up!! :)

Thea Saunders 2 kids; Whiteville, North Carolina 19 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting L♥vey 8wks!:" I'm so sorry you are going through this! I thought my son was going to be dependent on the shield too, ... [snip!] ... him again if he could have done it sooner. Try to find another lactation consultant. You've got the milk so don't give up!! :)"


Thank you :) I really want to do this since I was only able to BF my son for a few weeks :( She latched really well before my milk came in now she can't and she gets so frustrated that she just stops trying v.v my lactation specialist was really nice at the hospital and told me to call her whenever I needed to... but since then she hasn't returned my calls :( annoys me a bit *sigh*

L♥vey +2 Due October 2; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Nevada 2322 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting Thea Saunders:" Thank you :) I really want to do this since I was only able to BF my son for a few weeks :( She latched ... [snip!] ... hospital and told me to call her whenever I needed to... but since then she hasn't returned my calls :( annoys me a bit *sigh* "


NOw that she has had some bottles, the nipple shield would be good for her. She is used to that type of nipple now. I know you don't like them but maybe it will be different with this baby. I needed for a long time. I can't even remember how long I used it but it was a while. I went on to breast feed for 22 months. (Against my will lol) I would have like to stop at 12 months. Darn kid had a b**b obsession.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 20544 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting Thea Saunders:" Thank you :) I really want to do this since I was only able to BF my son for a few weeks :( She latched ... [snip!] ... hospital and told me to call her whenever I needed to... but since then she hasn't returned my calls :( annoys me a bit *sigh* "


I know how you feel. I called the LC to talk about my LO's apparent slight tongue tie. I didn't really get any help at all other than she let me know that my pedi doesn't routinely clip them unless it's a huge issue, which his was not. The first two months for me were hell and I cried fairly often (and screamed and times). After his tongue tie loosened up at 2 months it was great till we stopped at 16 months! Good luck momma, you'll figure something out.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 20544 posts
23rd Feb '13
Quoting Thea Saunders:" Thank you :) I really want to do this since I was only able to BF my son for a few weeks :( She latched ... [snip!] ... hospital and told me to call her whenever I needed to... but since then she hasn't returned my calls :( annoys me a bit *sigh* "


I would still try to avoid the nipple shield if possible. My LO had a bottle for the first 8 days in the NICU and as soon as we got home and started nursing we stopped the bottle for the most part (when I needed a break I pumped for him) and there was no nipple confusion at all. I never had to use the nipple shield. I know every baby is different though.

Thea Saunders 2 kids; Whiteville, North Carolina 19 posts
23rd Feb '13

Thanks ya'll. I appreciate the advice :) I'll give your suggestions a good try, if all else fails I can maybe pump exclusively, at least then she'll still be getting breast milk :)