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  1. #1
    New Member

    Join Date
    Aug 2014

    Painful breastfeeding

    Hi everyone,

    My sister-in-law just gave birth a week ago. Though she is very happy for her first child, she would normally complain about the pain she feels while breastfeeding. She says she could not tolerate the pain sometimes.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to ease the pain?

  2. #2

    Congratulations to your sister-in-law on the birth of her new baby.

    I cannot recommend strongly enough that she gets in touch with a lactation consultant - this is the best health professional to support your sister-in-law and her baby at the start of their breastfeeding journey. If not then she should ask: a breastfeeding peer support worker or a breastfeeding specialist midwife.

    Breastfeeding should not be painful. In most cases, painful breastfeeding indicates a poor latch (this is the way in which the baby is attached to the nipple). If the baby is only latched onto the end of the nipple then they will be sucking here instead of using the full breastfeeding motion and the nipples will become more and more sore and cracked and painful. This really can be excruciatingly painful. However, it doesn't and shouldn't be like this - please, please tell her to keep asking for help and support. Breastfeeding is so superior to formula milk - it gives baby's lifelong health benefits so it is well worth persevering.

    So, my main piece of advice is to get in touch with an extremely well-qualified/ experienced breastfeeding professional and to get the latch checked (and checked again!).

    In terms of some practical tips on getting the latch right etc - I have previously written a detailed post about this here so please pass this previous post onto your sister-in-law. It has lots of links with resources that help mums who are breastfeeding a new baby.

    Please do post back and let us know how your sister-in-law gets on with this information and encourage her to keep asking for more and more help and support from all the health professionals (suitably qualified in breastfeeding) which she has access to.

    With warm wishes,

  3. #3
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    I would love to talk directly with your sister in law. Can you direct her to this forum and encourage her to register and sign up.
    That way we can help her directly.

    Looking forward to hearing from her soon.


  4. #4
    Yes great idea sunnymumof5 - thanks.

    It's so important to get the right support in the early days of breastfeeding - it really does make every difference.

    Warm wishes,

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