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Old Jul 18th, 2010, 18:27 PM   1
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Baby won't open WIDE


My baby is 3 days old so I'm new to breastfeeding. My problem is that baby won't open WIDE so all my feeds really hurt. I've tried expressing a little colostrum so she can smell it but this still doesn't make her open wide.

Any advice ladies? I would HATE to give up over this.



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Old Jul 18th, 2010, 18:32 PM   2
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Congratulations on the birth of your LO!

I can't help I'm afraid, Harry took to BFing like a pro. Hopefully someone else can help.



 
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Old Jul 18th, 2010, 18:38 PM   3
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Congrats. Have you tried this wee trick? Bring baby towards your breast and then when your nipple brushes babies mouth, when she opens her mouth, gently put a little pressure on her chin to pull her mouth open a little wider so that the bottom lip sits at or below the bottom of the aureola.



 
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Old Jul 18th, 2010, 19:46 PM   4
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Aeri wouldn't do that either. So what I did was keep it there near her mouth. She would get upset and cry. And when she cried, she opened her mouth really wide. Then I would put the boob into her mouth. After a few feeds, she realized if she opened her mouth wide, she'll get it! xx



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Old Jul 18th, 2010, 19:56 PM   5
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Don't give up hun..hang in there. I am sure it WILL get better. My little one wouldn't latch on until she was 11days old!! When she did finally latch on, she didn't open wide enough either. So I would just wait for that occasional wide mouth she would give when searching for nipple and shove my breast her mouth.



 
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Old Jul 18th, 2010, 22:41 PM   6
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I had the exact same problem. What you need to do is have one hand on baby and the other on your breast. You may need to compress your breast a bit like you would a hamburger or fat sandwich with the nipple pointing up a bit. Not too much though, just enough to shape it some. Bring the baby to the breast, not breast to baby (that creates pulling which is ow). When you get a bit of an open mouth brush the nipple against the nose and down into the mouth. This should encourage more opening. If necessary use the fingers on the hand holding the breast to shove more of the areola into the mouth.

I had hickeys on my nipples (and still have cracks, though they are healing now) after the first few days with not much specific guidance. Def see a lactation consultant for help if you can



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2010, 04:04 AM   7
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its quite hard to describe and you could prob do with your MW showing you how to get baby on properly hon but i will try, hold baby in one arm and your boob in the other hand. tickle babys top lip with your nipple and like someone else said let him cry till his mouth opens really wide, only then put him on. you have to really 'whop' him on if you get what i mean, but def dont put baby on untill you get that wide mouth as you will just get sore.

they have to learn too but i can promise you it gets better!



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2010, 04:35 AM   8
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^^ wts really,
My LO was like this for the first few weeks, I found it really hard! He would kind of flap his mouth open and closed really quick, and I managed to time it so I was kind of pushing his mouth onto the nipple really fast (holding the nipple near his mouth). I woudl also do the 'hamburger' aqueeze thing (nice!) and kind of point my nipple upwards so it would aim towards the roof of his mouth.
Don't worry, it'll just be a few tricks and it'll be fine! lots of babies do this apparently. Now he opens his mouth soooo wide



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2010, 06:55 AM   9
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yep wait until they cry or open wide enough, sleep newborns can be lazy. olivia did this but luckily i can take it and doesnt bother that she sucks on my nipple



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2010, 09:44 AM   10
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Thanks everyone. Really excellent advice in this thread. I love B&B!

bky - superb advice! The community breastfeeding counsellor visited me today and your advice is exactily what she told me to do! Also, my milk came in last night so my breasts are rock hard and I had the beginnings of blocked milk ducts! The counsellor showed me how to massage my breasts (can't believe the hospital midwives never even told me about this).

The counsellor is visiting again tomorrow as they were concerned that bubs hasn't pooed since she left hospital. She's only had wet nappies.



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