I desperately need some advice. My son is 7 weeks old and we've had a terrible time breastfeeding. His latch was off in the beginning and at 9 days old he had lip & tongue-tie surgeries. My nipple pain didn't improve in the weeks afterwards and 3 weeks ago we determined that we both had thrush. It made nursing absolutely excruciating, especially since the thrush was in my breast tissue (not just nipples). The thrush seems to have cleared up but I am still in excruciating pain when he nurses. I literally cry and scream for the first minute to two minutes when he latches. Sometimes, this initial pain will subside and I can tolerate nursing and other times I just can't take it and resort to having my husband hold the screaming baby while I pump. When he does finish nursing, my nipple looks more or less as it should (rounded, not like a lipstick). I've been to the lactation consultant four times now and she insists that everything looks right. What on earth can I do to ease the initial latch pain? I'm totally desperate for relief!
Are you sure that the lip and tongue tie surgeries were done completely and successfully?? Here is why I ask.
When my DS was born, he was identified as having both at birth and they were clipped when he was a few days old. Nursing was excrutiating from the beginning as well. After the surgery was done, nothing improved and I saw multiple LC's as well that all insisted everything looked fine. It really was horrible. I feel for you. Anyway finally this other LC who was the leader of a new mommy group that I was going to took a look at him and said that his tongue tie was still there but "hidden" - a grade 4 posterior tongue tie is apparently very hard to identify and can be easily missed my most pediatricians, and LC's who do not have experience or expertise in the area. Anyway long story short when he was 10 weeks we went and had him snipped again by a specialist and within 2 weeks nursing was pain free. I nursed him until he was 2.5. When DD was born, I knew right away from the pain it was the same story. I bypassed everyone and took her at 9 days old to Albany, NY to the king of tongue ties and lo and behold she had the same "hidden" grade 4 tie.
Who did the initial surgery? Perhaps it might be worth having a different specialist look at him again?? where are you located? Thrush can be painful - but if the thrush is gone, the pain should be gone too. sorry mama. I know how much it sucks.
If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.
Just a suggestion... how you seen a lactation consultant? My son had a "bad" latch because his chin was kind of pushed back making it hard for him to open his mouth vary wide so we used a nipple shield and it helped so much until he got bigger and didn't need it anymore. That was the tricking part, changing from the shield to the regular breast without the shield. I can honestly say that it helped our nursing relationship immensely!
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I had thrush with my DS and it was the worst pain ever. It felt like DS had broken glass in his mouth when he would nurse. I kept a pillow nearby to punch when he first latched on because it hurt so bad. Even after neither of us had any visible symptoms of thrush (no diaper rash, white tongue, firey red nipples) I still had pain. The only thing that made it go away was to go on a strict sugar-free thrush diet. It was hard to do but it cleared up whatever thrush bugs were still in my breasts and it got rid of the pain. As an added bonus the sugar free diet helped me drop the rest of the baby weight, super lightning fast.
Maybe give it a shot? I know there are several threads around here that discuss thrush diet.
I know it sucks, mama. Hang in there, you'll figure it out.