Slipping down to nipple

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  1. ChaiTea

    ChaiTea Well-Known Member

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    My LO latches no problem but it's rarely a perfect latch even when we try over and over. When we do get a good latch, he usually ends up breaking the suction a few times during the feeding and before I know it he's slipped down to having just the nipple. I've tried making usre he is good and secure against me but it always seems to happen. I've unlatched and relatched, but would really like to get to a point where we go through entire feedings without all that. He's 19 days old today and this has been happening for about 4 days now. Very concerned about starting bad habits that will be hard to break later. Plus it's no fun for sore nipples! We got past bleeding and open sores, halfway through an antibiotic for mastitis right now, so I was hoping the general soreness would lessen soon so we could have more enjoyable nursing sessions coming up!
    Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. optimistic1

    optimistic1 Mommy, Daddy, and Nadia!!

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    I don't really have any advice but my daughter was like this for the first couple of months occasionally we'd get a decent latch but it would shallow out sometime during the feed but once her mouth got a bit bigger she could fit more in and her latch is a thousand times better.
     
  3. Charlie91

    Charlie91 Well-Known Member

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    As PP said, babys mouth is small to start with. I find that I occasionally have to 'pinch' my nipple between my forefinger and my middle finger to make it easier for LO to stay latched on iykwim? Hang in there, it gets easier :flower:
     

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