Ds has been nursing tons in my third trimester. He is now nursing about 2 hours per day and I hear a bit of swallowing so there's something there.
My nipples get sore, but I've realized that there actually have been two changes during PG that have contributed to that:
- more nipple sensitivity (obviously) and
- ds' latch has gotten lazy because of the reduced milk flow (started noticing teethmarks on my areola near the nipple)
I've realized that I actually have to discuss latch with ds regularly and it helps a bit. Try asking your nursling to open wide and stick out their tongue, try saying "gentle nursing", try saying "no teeth", try repositioning. I've found that my ds will try to work with me to make it comfortable for both of us, though it's not perfect. Ds never had latch issues before my PG so it came as a bit of a surprise.
Since Monday I've also noticed that nursing sometimes triggers light crampy contractions but my EDD is May 11 so that's not too surprising.
From what I've heard, usually pain while nursing the toddler goes away once your mature milk comes in after the baby is born.
sharing life with | 10 yo ds | 8 yo dd | dh (since 2012)
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