Baby latching problems in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

I have an 11day old daughter she was only 6lb 1oz when she came into our world. I went for breastfeeding as I want to give her the best start. Latching on and staying latched on can be quite a problem some times. She just in latches and turns her head away (even an the start of a feed) she also lifts her toung up which makes it harder too. I have watche videos on you tube and they say about her sucking in the bottom of the breast below the nipple but she doesn't get that bit all the time. When you know she's got a good lack on it really stings for 15-20 seconds but when she goes into the deep tugs when she's in flow the tugs sting a fair amount too. I'm don't think that's right either. I do express for her to which she's got the bottle down to a tea. Any tips would be mostly appreciated I don't want to give up yet.

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Nov 14, 2016 15:25 PM

Many thanks for your email. From your description of feeding difficulties it sounds very much like a tongue tie issue: multiple attempts at latching and maintaining latch nipple pain and the tongue being in an incorrect position to facilitate correct latch. The fact that baby feeds better on bottles of expressed milk supports my view. Please have a look at my Tongue tie download (attached). It would be important in the first instance to seek advice from a breastfeeding specialist or lactation consultant to see if baby is tongue tied and has oral restrictions. You can find a local lactation consultant through the website of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain. Video appointments with lactation consultants are also available on WellVine.

I hope that you find the above information helpful and that feeding improves soon.

Katherine Fisher IBCLC

Tongue-Tie Download Katherine Fisher Jan 2014(1) (1).pdf