Encourage my 1-month-old baby to "suckle softer"
December 3, 2010 2:45 PM Subscribe
Is there anything we can do to help encourage my 1-month-old baby to "suckle softer"?
posted by swafo to health & fitness (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife and I just had our first child, Lucan.
He's now 1 month old.
My wife has been doing a great job breastfeeding until her milk taps out each night. And Lucan latched on successfully from the moment he was born.
But it seems like Lucan gets more desparate with each day; as if he's not getting enough food. We suppliment with organic formula when there's no more milk in the breasts (meaning we feed him at least every 2 hours).
But he still feeds each time as if he hasn't eaten in weeks; though he's actually gaining weight at above the average rate (but still healthy).
He suckles so hard that it REALLY hurts my wife.
I know breastfeeding isn't supposed to be easy, and it hurts many people.
But it only started really hurting in the last week or so.
I thought this is when it was supposed to start to get easier for her.
Is there anything we can do to help encourage Lucan to "suckle softer"?
Or at least lessen the pain for my wife?