Paola Vallarino, IBCLC
Yoga Mamas Lactation Consultant
Have you ever heard that breastfeeding hurts and that pain during nursing is normal? Well, painful breastfeeding is common mamas but it doesn't have to be. It is common because we often don’t have lactation support, we think it will come instinctively and natural but it doesn’t, and then we think it wasn’t meant for us. But breastfeeding is actually painless, we only need to learn how to do it.
Here are some tips that I’ve used in my practice as a Yoga Mamas Lactation Consultant, for you to have a happy and painless breastfeeding journey!
1. Try the baby-led latch
Sometimes we want everything to be perfect and we try too hard. Baby-led latching is many times the solution for a painful latch. Letting our babies take the lead and follow their instincts to latch-on is often the easiest way to achieve a good latch, especially the first hour after birth.
Lean back and place the baby skin to skin on top of you, tummy to tummy. Allow your baby to find your breast and latch. When your baby’s chin feels your breast, the mouth will open wide and latch. If you feel any discomfort, try again.
5. Speak to a Lactation Consultant
Still need help? Call an LC!
If you feel something’s not going well, if your baby refuses to latch-on or is not gaining weight, if you have sore nipples or are engorged, look for a Lactation Consultant (LC). They can watch a feeding and do a physical assessment of your breasts and baby’s mouth to identify the problem and help you fix it, you don’t have to go through this alone!