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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-18-2005, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Am I setting myself up for trouble?

DS will be one week old tomorrow and nursing is going fairly well, although we have been dealing with latch issues. One side is fine- a little scabby, but healing. The other side is pretty much raw hamburger at this point and nursing is similar to being bitten repeatedly by kitten teeth Click here to enlarge and the pain does not go away even when we seem to have a really good latch.

I have an Avent Isis pump and am tossing around the thought of pumping off the bad side for a day or so to give it a chance to heal and kind of start over. I've also got a pair of Soothies that I'm hoping will help the healing process also. I did a mini trial run with the pump to see what the pain factor would be and it was pretty much non-existent and I got 1 1/2 oz. in about 5 minutes.

I am going to meet with the lactation consultant at the hospital on Thursday to work on the latch issue, but am looking for some relief in the meantime.

Good idea? Bad idea? Any other thoughts or ideas?

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good idea imo. just try to pump often to keep up supply on that side.
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That problem is not uncommon(latch off on one side). The reason being that we have differences in strength on each side(think right-handed vs. left),and sometimes it's due to baby's preferences,anatomy,or even some type of birth injury.

Have you tried position changes? Sometimes minor adjustments can help. Click here to enlarge It sounds like he might not be getting enough breast tissue in his mouth on the "hamburger" side.(btw, Click here to enlarge)

Here's some helpful info:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/bas...resources.html

Most times,minor adjustments to positioning and careful attention to latch solve the problem. If not,then things need to be looked at more closely. I'm glad to hear you'll be seeing the IBCLC soon. Click here to enlarge

If you absolutely can't stand to nurse on that side,then pumping is the best option. Here's some info on healing sore nipples:
www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/heal.html
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...lehealing.html
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