My husbands cousin is pregnant with her 3rd child. She attempted nursing with her first two, I think for a few months each. She had c-sections with both, and I know with the first she had a really bad latch that was never successfully corrected. Anyway, she didn't have success the second time either, I think for the same reasons, plus inexperience and the girls were only 13 months apart. Anyway her experience is that nursing is really painful, she had terrible cracked, bleeding nipples, and as I said I think she never got her kids to latch right. But despite the latch, which she worked with an LC to correct the first time around, she really thinks that it is her "thin, fair skin" that caused the problems with such severe cracked nipples. She has expressed regret at weaning early with her older ones, and she wants to nurse successfully this time, but I know she is pretty much expecting the worst. I'm just wondering if with a proper latch, are fair skinned women still going to have problems like this? It doesn't seem right to me, but I don't know. It also doesn't help that my MIL, her aunt apparently had the same problem, and has been really discouraging to her. Any thoughts?
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6/11/06 at 8:27pm