20If The Pain Lasts, Something Is Wrong

Every woman fears breastfeeding because of its reputation as being really painful. But the truth is that it shouldn't be that bad. While there is some discomfort at the beginning, if it is really painful, then it's likely that the baby isn't latching correctly.

Usually the most painful part of nursing

happens in the first few seconds of each session, but if it is a shooting sensation that lasts more than a few sucks, it's a good idea to stick your pinkie in the corner of the baby's mouth, unlatch him and try again. Things like sores and cracks and bleeding are also signs that things aren't being done correctly, although they can also happen with mastitis. Pain is your guide, so listen to the body and don't believe the hype that it has to hurt.

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