Breastfeeding should not hurt ... ever! That's hard to believe, isn't it? Proper positioning and latch from the beginning is what prevents what we have been told is normal nipple pain from feeding a new baby. It should not be the norm. Please ask for a visit from the lactation consultant at your birthplace as soon as possible if you have any question about your baby's latch. Follow-up support once you go home can be a great boost for a good start as well. The first two weeks of breastfeeding a new baby are vital to establishing an enjoyable breastfeeding relationship and a plentiful milk supply. I understand how difficult it can be to get help if it requires getting yourself and baby out of the house. As a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), I have been trained to observe, assist and counsel normal challenges that may come with breastfeeding. Most issues can be resolved with adjustments to positioning and latch and with emotional encouragement. If I find any issues beyond my scope of practice, I will refer to the appropriate resources. The in-home support session fee is $50.00 per visit due at the end of the session. Please call if you would like an appointment. My services are available Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm; exceptions may be made if necessary. Please feel free to contact me as well if you need phone support (no charge).
Reliable information online is such a valuable resource! Dr Jack Newman has great, short video segments of good latches, poor latches, sucking vs drinking, etc. available on his website. Check out his link below.