Why is breastfeeding hurting me?

March 3, 2017

Breastfeeding shouldn't be painful in the long term. However, during those first few days when both you and baby are learning how to nurse as a team, it's quite normal to experience some discomfort. 

Here are some reasons why you might be in pain during breastfeeding:

  1. A poor latch -- baby's are born knowing how to suckle but they aren't as practised at 'latching' onto a nipple. It can take time for your newborn to learn how to latch on correctly. Here's more more info on achieving a good latch.
  2. A poor feeding position -- you might be holding your baby in a way that prevents a successful latch. Try sitting up straight to give your bubba a better chance and experiment with different positions like the football hold, the cradle hold or the reclining position. Lying down and feeding can be better for your stitches too because it puts less pressure on the tender muscles you've used during labour and birth.
  3. More time -- your nipples will need time to get used to nursing regularly. You can prep them before the birth by applying Mama's Calming Nipple Balm. Specially formulated to soothe and protect nipples from cracking and soreness, this gentle formulation creates a seal on the nipple, helping to strengthen the skin and promote healing. Use it immediatey after breastfeeding too to reduce inflammation and instantly soothe discomfort.

Top tip!

**If your baby has latched on and it feels painful try not to pull your tot away because this can often make the pain worse. Instead place a clean finger inside your little one's mouth to release the seal easily.**

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