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#LLN Getting Through The Beginning Pains of Nursing

I nursed my oldest son 15 years ago. I remember there being pain in the beginning, but I didn’t really remember it being so bad. I gave birth to LA last July and for the first month or so I remember tremendous pain. It was like I was a first time mom again after 15 years and I didn’t know what was going on. All I knew was that it hurt and it hurt BAD.

Nursing and Pain

As a first time mom you may not be aware of the pain that can come with nursing. Let me stress first and foremost that it was temporary for me and all of the other women I know. In the beginning of nursing LA his latch was all wrong. He wasn’t opening his mouth enough and I really had to work with him to get the latch right. This is where a lactation consultant would be very helpful. The insurance we had at the time did not cover lactation consulting and that could very well be part of the reason I went as long as I did with the pain…because I wasn’t an expert at getting that latch right and it took a lot of work. There were times when he was nursing that it hurt so bad I would have tears falling down my face. I would clinch up and honestly look forward to him getting done. My nipples did get cracked and dry and they did bleed. In fact, there were times when I pumped I would get pink milk because of the blood. That may be TMI, but I am being completely honest and want others to be prepared. I am not going to lie and tell you it’s not painful. It is tough to get through when you are already sleep deprived and trying to figure out your new bundle of joy. But let me also say that working through that pain and getting past it was one of the best things I ever did. Try focusing on the good that you are doing for your baby and the bond that you will have instead of the pain. Once you get past that pain and continue nursing your little one eventually you don’t feel pain at all and you can just focus on the beautiful bond of nursing your baby. In fact, after the first month or so of nursing I didn’t have any other pain issues and I nursed for a full year. All I can say mamas is that yes, it is painful, but just like labor, it hurts but we get through it and we end up with a priceless thing and with this it’s the bond of nursing and providing the best possible nourishment for our babies. You can do it, hang in there! Again, it is temporary.

I don’t think I would have survived this pain if it weren’t for using nipple cream to help with the cracking. I also used another product that wrapped around my breasts in the shower and basically held in the hot water and it was so relieving. Depending on what nipple cream you use, you may want to wipe it off before nursing though. If you use the Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter (that’s part of the prize pack for this event!) you won’t need to wash it off as it is safe for baby. There are many products out there to help with getting through these beginning pains of nursing. There are also wonderful lactation consultants available to help you get through it. Take advantage of their help if you are able to. I remember the lady that was available at the hospital and she was a great help for those few days I was able to get her help! Hang in there mamas, it is painful, but it is temporary! 🙂

If you are a nursing mama and you made it through these painful days of nursing, was there anything else that helped you?

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Comments

  1. I can so relate to your post! I also breastfed and Wow I was not prepared for it to hurts so much. At my sons pediatrician appt I mentioned how much it hurt, so he checked his tongue and come to find out he was acutally tongue tied, yep there is a condition called that, basically its when the skin underneath your tongue attaches way too far down the tongue, so basically he had a very short tongue and couldnt stick it out very far or lick his lips. So that was causing him to latch on wrong and his tongue was rubbing blisters that were cracking and bleeding. Ouch! There is a simple procedure to fix this basically they laser the skin, no bleeding at all. My insurance refuse to pay for it because they said that with time he could stretch his tongue out himself n if he didnt at age 2 he would b elligible for it.They wouldnt listen that he was being breastfed at all. I ended up paying for it out of my own pocket and it was the best decision ever. Hands down no regrets. I felt sooo much better right away and they were actually able to heal and it was beautiful after that. Ok sorry for this being so long. I hope it helps tho 🙂

  2. I completely relate as well. I would definitely say over and over again…check your latch. My daughter would roll her lips, and eventually it was excrutiating. As we worked on that, though it did get better. Hopefully with our next baby, we’ll get that a little sooner.:)

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  4. Christine says:

    Thanks for your honest post about how painful nursing can be at the beginning. New moms need to know that it is normal AND can be overcome so that they don’t give up. I too would bleed and cry because of the pain of nursing. Seeing a lactation consultant made a world of difference. I nursed my son for 19 months! Thanks again for this post and, for all the new moms, you are not alone! 🙂 -Christine, your newest follower from the Super Stalker Hop, http://whywelovegreen.blogspot.com

  5. Becky Hensley says:

    Thanks for posting this article for all the new or soon-to-be mamas out there (and even seasoned vets!). I had problems with my son latching at first (too shallow) and my nipples were in bad shape. I was very fortunate in that my midwife had a client who was paying off her birthing fees by consulting with the midwives patients soon after they gave birth. She came to my house and watched how Sweet T ate and for how long at a time. She showed me how to use the Boppy because I’d been side-feeding for the first two weeks post-partum and it was driving me crazy. She also gave me the advice that I didn’t absolutely have to buy nursing bras (sports bras work just fine and are oh-so-comfy if you don’t mind the casual look). She answered so many questions I had and left tons of brochures of information in case I couldn’t remember a lot of the advice she gave me due to mommy brain. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the service of lactation consulting for free. I think the main thing with breastfeeding is that it’s like anything else, it does take some time to get used to (especially for first-time mamas like me). After a few weeks though (and my visit with the l.c.) I felt so much more confident in my body’s ability to nurture and nourish my baby. 🙂

  6. Just Another Hat says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Like you, I had a hard time with breastfeeding my son. It took a long time before he and I got our act together, but we did it. Nursing has been one of the most rewarding thing I’ve done as a mom.

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