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Old 07-03-2006, 11:26 PM   #11
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a mama in our moms group mentioned having to do tongue exercised with her son for 4 monthes to get him to put his tongue to the front & pull the nipple out (she also had flat nipples)... Hope things are going better for her!


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Old 07-07-2006, 12:10 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by tmolly
I used to pull ds's chin down with my thumb to have him open wider, then stuff in the nipple.
We did the same because Ashton is what I've began calling a "lazy nurser"! I had so much milk, that when he doesn't latch on correctly, I will get a plugged duct within an hour. I've had two horrible fevers from mastitis so far and he's only 2 months. It's made me work ever harder to make sure we get it right. I always lay down to nurse, and it works great for us!
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:38 AM   #13
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I am using the football hold, how do I get to his chin w/o pulling him off?

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Old 07-07-2006, 12:41 PM   #14
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at some of the suggestions becuase I remember trying them without any luck (not meaning this rudely at all)
I had a growling chomper ....
lots of practice and pulling the chin down when he was already latched were about the only things that improved the situation at all. After months of nursing he's better at it, but of course they have to learn to nurse as well as unlearn how to nurse wrong.
Covering more the bottom of the areola helps too, and less of the top to your friend --- dr. newman is tops
(Is she having problems such as pain or doesn't think he is getting enough milk. If she isn't having problems then its probably just fine the way he nurses. Even now my son doesn't always cover all of it at 7 months but its no longer painful and he's growing fine)

to previous poster: most babies have a great suction, so just gently (or not so gently) use your thumb on your opposite hand to push his jaw/ chin down. I know I never had to worry about de-latching my son that way. Of course I might have worried about de-laching my nipple from my breast when he didn't like his chin being moved while eating
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