I am a second time mom and with my first baby I gave up breastfeeding because of the pain. This time I am certain I want to breastfeed 100%. I've been doing it for 3 weeks now and it still hurts like crazy the first 10 seconds when he starts. What should I do for the pain to go away? When should the pain go away? I am in really bad pain and I certainly don't want to stop.
Pain during nursing is certainly something that many moms experience, and I applaud your efforts to stay true to your breastfeeding goals in spite of it. Most moms find that after 4-6 weeks of nursing the pain associated with the initial latching on will subside. When baby latches on make sure that he is taking as much of the breast tissue into his mouth as possible to ensure a proper latch. If the latch doesn’t seem right don’t be afraid to unlatch and try again. If the pain continues or you notice any damage to your nipples or breast tissue, I would recommend and in person consultation with a lactation counselor. This way they can evaluate a feeding and identify and help resolve any underlying issues that could be causing pain.
All the best,
Molly Petersen, CLC