That’s something that many first time mums can be heard saying, over and over again. This happens because the new, cuddly, little bundle of joy keeps biting the nipple and it is excruciatingly painful. The kind of pain that makes you lift up your legs, arch your back and want to scream your lungs out.
As a first time mum, I felt this kind of pain for quite some time before I learnt how to correctly latch my beautiful baby girl. I experienced all sorts of pain, cracks, bleeding, you name it. Feeding my baby was supposed to be a good bonding time but it was such a painful experience.
I tried all sorts of solutions. Applying my own milk, vaseline, lanolin…boy did I try!! But not much help, it was still very painful. Eventually, I learnt how to go about proper latching, and then I had peace.
But once bitten, twice shy. When I got blessed with my second born’s pregnancy, I went into all sorts of research for how to make that experience wonderful right from the onset, and how to deal with any challenges that might come up. My aggressive research led me to quite the solution! Nipple shields!!
Yes, nipple shields for shielding the nipple, like literally!! It was such a relief to learn about these, and then to get to using them when need arose. Given how snuggly they fit on the breast, how light they are, and how small they are too, they give the baby the very same natural feeding experience while all the time protecting the mother’s sore nipples.
It’s actually easier to learn how to latch when using the shields than when without any protection at all, especially if you’ve already experienced that excruciating pain. After a little while, you’ll discover that you don’t need them at all, and your initial bonding experience with your little one will be much smoother and much more pleasant.
As a mum, I hope this makes your feeding and bonding time better! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments or in my inbox. All the best mamas!