Getting the latch right with a newborn is nothing like how it's portrayed

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In breastfeeding videos. It's not the calm and measured experience. It's not slow and accurate. My experience is arms waving in unhelpful directions, arching away from the breast, headbutting into the breast, sideways gurning in the opposite direction etc

My nipples are sore and potentially bruised. It hurts deep into the breast after a feed. The latch looks correct and feels fine after the first couple of sore sucks.

This is dd2 so you'd think I'd know what I'm doing, I feel like I'm failing massively sad.

Hv suspects thrush - dds tongue is white and from how my breasts feel.
What can I do?
Will the prescribed stuff work?

Shall I just give up and ff? sad

The other thing to try if you have a baby whose arms are always in the way when trying to latch is to get them in a tight swaddle for latching, then unwind after let down.

If you can get the fluconazole (which I think you need) you will notice an improvement within a few days.

I really feel for you, it is the pits sad

I thought dd2 would be easier! You'd think I would know what I'm doing since I fed dd1 for 6 months!

I was worse with DD2. Not sure but think she has a tongue tie so that may explain part of it.

My neighbour only had mastitis for the first time with her third child!

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