Happy Mothers, Breastfed Babies
All expectant, new, and experienced mothers and children are invited to attend.
Meetings are held on the third WEDNESDAY
of each month
10:00 AM at First Christian Church
on Rivermont Avenue.
Park in the back. The meeting is on the 3rd floor.
Come join us for mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and friendship. See you there!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
One of the most common concerns new moms experience in breastfeeding is nipple pain. In fact, it's more of a challenge then a concern. So many moms feel desperate to just get their nipple into their newborns mouth, that it's easy to lose focus on encouraging a deep latch. What's happening to cause such pain is the following: in a shallow latch, babe is drawing in mom's nipple and generally crushing the nipple into the top of the hard palate. Ouch!
The first focus of a new breastfeeding mom is encourage babe to take the entire nipple and much of the areola into her babe's mouth. At our meetings and on the phone, we refer moms to google "The Flipple" technique. A brief explanation - By placing your finger on top of your nipple you are guiding your nipple to point upwards. Once babe opens her mouth wide, use your finger to flip your nipple into her mouth. Another way to think of it is this: your nipple is pointed up, above babe's mouth, and once her mouth opens wide, you allow your nipple (and areola) to drop into her mouth.
Another helpful link is found HERE, and is from the llli.org website.
We know that sometimes there is more going on in relation to sore nipples - maybe babe has a weak suck due to tongue tie. But focus first on a really great latch. That has brought many moms relief (and to babes, full bellies.)