Learning to breastfeed so it becomes natural and easy can take a few weeks or longer, just like learning a dance with an inexperienced partner who also needs to learn the steps (coordinating sucking, swallowing and breathing). Soon, breastfeeding is mostly a sweet interlude in your days and nights, as you snuggle together and drink in that sweet baby breath and stroke his fine skin as he fills up on your mama milk. But, at the risk of sounding like a Debbie Downer, even when breastfeeding is going pretty smoothly, there are a few things that suck, big time ....
Are you curling your toes in pain at each breastfeed? Are you becoming anxious and dreading every feed because you know it will hurt like hell?
Often one look can tell us what’s causing nipple pain and what you can do to fix it and make breastfeeding the relaxing, natural experience it is meant to be... see this checklist and what will help beat the pain.
In some babies, the little membrane called the frenulum, which joins the middle of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too tight and ‘ties’ the tongue so that the baby has difficulty moving his tongue effectively. This means that the baby will be unable to bring his tongue forward far enough to latch onto the breast and draw the nipple far enough back into his mouth to feed well and he won't be able to form an effective seal around the nipple of either a breast or bottle so he is likely to feed noisily, suck in air as he feeds and tire easily while feeding.