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Old 03-09-2003, 08:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My babes are now just about 3 weeks old (!!!!!), and my nipples are still hurting. I always make sure that their lower lips are out, and that their chins and noses are touching my breasts. They are getting a lot of milk (I think--lots of wet and poopy dipes and they are getting quite chubby), but I still feel like they must be latching on wrong since my nipples are hurting. Also, this morning I woke up with a clogged duct, which I assume is from an incorrect latch as well. Is there anyway to know if they're latched on right? I have the most pain when I nurse them together in the double football position. I think it's because I can't support my breasts well enough with only two hands. . .

Any suggestions/help greatly appreciated. I'm going to try and go see the Lactation consultant tomorrow, but our car is broken, so we'll see if it happens.

Thanks!

Lex

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Old 03-09-2003, 08:30 PM
 
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Do you have a nursing pillow that's large enough (One Step Ahead sells a good one in their "twins" section)? I find that my nipples get sore when I don't use my pillow regularly. Even when I think I have them postitioned well I notice a problem if I nurse several times without the pillow for support. If your breasts are large you can roll up a hand towel and put that under the breast to raise it up. As for the pluggd duct, are you switching sides each time you nurse? I know this is recommended, but I got mastitis twice in the first 4 months and stopped rotating sides after the last bout. I haven't had it since. If your supply is good it might be worth trying. You can also try going without a bra or at least wear one that doesn't have underwire. Congratulations on your boys !
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