I am trying to help a friend out. She has been nursing for two weeks (since her baby was born) and has been nursing in pain. I have not been able to help her face to face yet, due to a cold, but only over the phone. She is very discouraged and has not had any luck with lactation consultants from the hospital she delivered at, She is attending a LLLI meeting tomorrow, but I wanted to ask here for her as well.
-scabs in the middle of her nipple. not healing.
-fussy latch on, especially on one side, head bobbing, pulling off (I gave her some tips about dealing with a baby that hates forceful let down)
-she feels like the baby's tongue is not covering his bottom gums, and that's she being "chomped on."
The lactation consultants she's seen have all said that his latch is fine, but I don't see how that's possible.
The last one flagged tongue tie to me, but her dr said no tongue tie. I suggested a second opinion, and she did not feel that her dr really took it seriously, either, and more or less brushed her off. The scab in the MIDDLE of the nipple suggests something interfering with the roof of his mouth, iirc? I'm not sure what positioning I can suggest to her to help with that, if I'm right about the roof of the mouth problem.
I know nipple shields can be a dirty word, but would it be worth it to her to try them for a couple days?
Anything else I can suggest to her? I also suggested she be checked for thrush. I do hope she gets some help at the meeting tomorrow, I feel so awful for her, she is such a trooper for nursing in such severe pain - but I can tell that it's really getting to her.