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My DD has been tough to nurse from the start. I have a wonderful lactation consultant that I have worked with several times but still have a few questions. My DD has a short Frenulum (the piece of skin under her tongue) and has alot of trouble latching well because of it. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for helping her latch. Also my left nipple is really sore and red. I am assuming it is from her poor latch but am now getting concerned that maybe I have thrush. I had it with my 3rd DS but have now forgotten what the symptoms were other then alot of pain. Oh and last question my DD will latch on suck a few times and then stop and lay there still kinda latched on but not sucking sometimes she will latch, suck a few times and then let loose. Could this also be from her latch issues? TIA
 

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Popping-off frequently is a symptom of short frenulum nursing. Been there done that with my son. Sore nipples, that is one too. Unless you are interested in clipping it, here are some tips:<br><br>
Compress your breast into a sandwich shape and put baby on really fast. Aim nipple to the roof of the mouth when latching on for a good asymmetric latch so as much areola is on the baby's tongue as possible to help with cupping and the tongue movements that work the milk out. Use firm pillows to help support your little one since you really have to work harder to keep baby close to the breast if they have a short frenulum since they are more prone to slipping and giving you the sore nipple. Use the cross-cradle hold on the left if you are better at latching with your right hand. Use compression if sucking slows down to stimulate milk moving forwards to encourage more sucking.<br><br>
the Kellymom website has good info on this situation<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hope that helps some. Also you can gently massage the frenulum several times a day to help stretch it some, since it is a mucous membrane it has a little give, eventually the baby can outgrow some of the problems.
 
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