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Old 04-27-2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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How do I get my almost 3wk old to open his mouth bigger? He just won't. And my nipple is really getting sore on one side from being sucked on. The other side is all damaged, but just trying to keep this side from getting even worse again.

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Old 04-27-2013, 07:16 AM   #2
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That's SO frustrating!

Some things that have helped me:
-Touch your nipple to their chin (mine would open wider)
-I squished/ sandwiched my boob so I could stick a bunch in their as far as possible
-Aim for the nipple on the room of the mouth (the latch is more asymmetrical that you might think)
-Open your mouth too

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Re: Wont open bigger?

Stroke his chin down and out a little bit if milk on his bottom lip and jam it on there when it gets to its widest. If it isn't wide enough break suction and try again. He'll get the gist. My guy had the same problem!
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Re: Wont open bigger?

Also rub is jaw right on the inside of his cheek. That will coax it open too.
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all of the above.. and the more you break latch to reposition, the more they will open up. I also find the football hold, but leaving him more in a sitting than lying position on my side gets a better latch when he is being lazy.
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Thanks - I will try those. We are doing football hold because it's the only way that works.

I tried unlatch ing and relatching earlier - I think he just kept latching the same. I eventually gave up.
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Re: Wont open bigger?

Probably not what you want to hear but with DD1 she had such a tiny mouth and couldn't open very wide, I ended up with very sore cracked nipples but I just waited it out till she was able to establish a better latch.
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Re: Wont open bigger?

My cousin is having the same issue with her baby. We did some googling and found that you can press your nipple up against the breast, towards the ceiling, and then release right when baby opens up a bit. It helps just a bit and her nipples are less sore now from the shallow latches.
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Re: Wont open bigger?

If it makes you feel better between 6 to 8 weeks their mouths become quite a bit larger. I tried everything with DD but it just seemed like she needed to get bigger.
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