Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt.
Many people believe it is normal for breastfeeding to be painful, especially in the first couple of weeks. However, although it is common for mothers to experience pain while breastfeeding, it is never normal. Breastfeeding should not be painful. Breast and nipple pain caused by incorrect latching or improper use of a breast pump can result in nipple damage, low milk supply, and slow weight gain for your baby. Breastfeeding should be an enjoyable time to bond with your baby. If breastfeeding is painful, seek assistance.
The latch looks great. So what?
Someone may have told you that your latch looks great. They may also tell you it is normal for breastfeeding to hurt for the first few weeks. You may receive encouragement to keep doing what you are doing despite the pain.
The latch can look “perfect” from the outside, but that does not mean that everything is okay. If mom is having pain with breastfeeding, even if the latch looks “perfect,” something is not right. Mom deserves to be comfortable too!
IBCLCs evaluate the pair.
Lactation consultants are trained to evaluate mom, baby, and the breastfeeding interaction. We look at a variety of factors in order to come up with the best plan for you and your baby and offer frequent and unlimited follow-up appointments as needed.
If you are experiencing breastfeeding pain, please call us at 713-500-2800 (option 1) to schedule a consultation.