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my lil guy is 4 days old today and bf hurts and my right breast is hugh, i dont know what to do. my milk came in yesterday and the latch hurts but isnt to bad. the left nipple wont perk up. should i pump? oh what to do? i love this little man but this is tough, not that mommyhood wont be though.<br><br>
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The best thing you can do to get breastfeeding off to a smooth start is to see an IBCLC in person as soon as you can. It helps tremendously to have someone see how baby is latching, etc. I highly recommend it. If you don't know someone who can recommend an LC they found helpful, you can look in the phone book, or call a local LLL leader and ask her who she recommends. To find a local leader you can call 1-800-LALECHE.<br><br>
Nursing is more effective than pumping so keep it up! Nurse whenever you feel too full, let the baby help you, that will be good for him too, and in the meantime check out kellymom.com, you will find many answers to your questions there as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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dido, got to a LaLache meeting, visit their website and find a meeting near by, if there isn't one for a couple of weeks, give the leaders a call. My nipples were flat, not inverted, but just wouldn't come out or perk up, the nurses gave me nipple shields and LaLeche helped us off and have a great breastfeeding relationship, and reading threads on here really helped to! Keep it up, you are bound to run along things in your relationship with your baby that are as hard, and harder than this. It is all worth it! Good luck and keep looking for help and advice!
 

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If you can't find a LLL in the area, call your ob if you used one. Mine were super helpful when I had trouble with ds' latch. They'll send you in the right direction, perhaps there is a breastfeeding support group at your local hospital, as there is at mine. There are lots of resources out there, just ask! We'll help as much as we can from here!
 

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Does your nipple perk up if you pump? I know mine do. If it does maybe you coudl pump until it perks and then put the baby on. Also, the hospital I had my baby said I could call anytime with a question (even at night) and the lactation counselor was available to me too.
 

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I BFed all 3 of my babes and the last one was a doozy to get going. It hurt fr the 1st week, my nipples wre sore/cracked, one breast didn't let down easily...it was awful.<br><br>
I called LLL, a woman talked me through things and called to follow up and even offered to come over! All in all, they wre helpful and supportive. But it did take a few weeks to *really* become smooth and easy. Hang in there!
 

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You're engorged, which happens. Don't make yourself crazy with a pump. Stand in a warm shower and use your hands to gently express a small amount of milk out of your breasts to soften them--esp the swollen one. This is normal for a lot of women. Your breast is filled with milk, making it hard-- which is dificult for babe to latch. This is temproary. It's your body adjusting to feeding. (You don't have to get in the shower, but often it's relaxing, which helps. The warm water is nice).<br><br>
This means you have milk, so no worries there! Now, just to get it in the babe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Cup you breast, with four fingers under the breast and the thumb above the areola. Gently express outwards, keeping your fingers off the nipple and areola (brown area of breast) as much as you can. Your breast is going to fell really hard and full. You might feel little lumps, perhaps. Massage those very gently as well. Let the warm water cascade over your breasts. When the breast softens, go offer to babe. You do not need to espress a lot of milk, just enough to feel softer and more comfortable.<br><br>
As he nurses, you can gently massage wiith two fingers any little lumps.<br><br>
You can call LLL and find some women to help. But in the meanwhile, all you need is to soften your breast a little (not with a pump--your body will think you gave birth to twins!). Your body is making milk ! It's cool!!<br><br>
Congrats! these first days are the hardest!! Day 4 and 5 are always my worst post partum days.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Those first couple of weeks often stink. Hang in there! It gets better! I wouldn't suggest pumping, like a pp said, if you're really engorged express a little in the shower.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Ditto to the previous suggestions above for relieving engorgement and making sure the latch is good. Also to reassure you, bf hurt like crazy for me for the first six weeks or so -- even though DS was latched on correctly and eating well and gaining weight, my nipples were so sore that I was in tears every time I fed him. Other mamas kept reassuring me to hang in there and stick with it and it would get better. It did -- after 6 weeks it was WAY better and by 8 weeks there was no more pain at all. Now, DS and I bf like old pros. Don't give up in those really difficult first weeks -- it's well worth hanging in there with the initial pain and discomfort. Nursing is my favorite part of being a mama and I'm so glad I stuck with it.
 

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Thank you mamas, its so hard being a new mama and trying to feed the little guy when he is crying so hard, Im working on the latch and getting someone to help. My chest is hugh and has always been and now with the milk, WOW! But Im doing it and I appreciate all of you.<br><br>
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It does get better, and easier, Angie! We promise! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Hang in there! The first couple of weeks are the most difficult. Congratulations on your new baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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You've gotten some good advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Hang in there, four days was a low point for me. After a couple of weeks, and probably even just a couple of days, you'll be feeling much better. Don't give up, we're here for you!
 

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I saw a LC today, she was great she came to the house and we are doing good. He gained back four ounces in two days so thats great and my supply is doing wonderful! My right nipple is inverted and she wants me to use a shield, I will try anything to get this working. Seems like today is a better day! Yay us<br><br>
Thank you so much for all of your great reassurance and warm wishes, I will look to you for encouragment when Im down.<br><br>
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Good for you. I know it feels kind of indulgent to have an LC come to your house, but GOOD FOR YOU for doing what it takes to get over this hump and give your baby the best. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Great job, mama.
 

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Sounds like you are doing everything you need to be doing! Congrats on your little guy and keep at it because it does become easier. My Sara and I overcame quite a few challenges in the beginning and I'm proud to say that she's about 95% bf(starting solids) right now at nearly 10months and chubby as heck! Quite a long way from where she started!<br><br>
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The first few days are tough!! You probably have a bit of the blues aswell, which does not help your outlook. But as all the pps say, it does get much better and easier (well, different problems!!).<br><br>
The best thing to do is call La Leche League or a lactation consultant who can help you. Otherwise a good doctor or midwife (with breastfeeding knowledge, pleeeease!) or a wise old woman who breastfed her children. kellymom.com has all the info you will ever need too! But real life support is best <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Otherwise just feed, feed, feed. Offer the breast when you feel full, when you don't, try to get a good latch with a wide mouth, if you are too full and baby can't latch, hand express in the shower or bath (hot water helps and not so messy)- info on hand expression on kellymom. If you are so full you have lots of milk- just keep feeding and find some help. Topless in bed with your little one all day, recovering from the (beginning of a)great journey!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Awesome! You will soon be over the hump. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Good for you Angie.<br><br>
I remember bawling my first month. Now that I'm 8 months out I'm SOOO glad I stuck with it. You too will reap the rewards.
 

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I know it hurts....hang in there. I'm just in my 5th week of breastfeeding, but I almost gave up during the first week. Poor baby had BLOOD on her clothes after feeding. I ended up using nipple shields (Medela) for about a week until my nipples healed and she learned to latch on correctly. Now we're doing fine and you will be too sooner than you know it.
 
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