Why breastfeeding hurts sometimes

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Why breastfeeding hurts sometimes

When a mom asks why breastfeeding hurt so much, is there something wrong. Usually, the first thing that comes to mind is that the latch isn't good. She needs to make sure, first of all, that the baby's mouth is on very deep on the areola and not just the nipple. You want to see lips flanged and open wide, nose and chin buried into the breast, baby tummy to tummy on the mom, so that she knows that she is getting as much as possible into that baby's mouth. If all these alignments have been checked and she feels that she is doing a great job and it's still hurting tremendously, these aren't just old wounds that will heal quickly, then she might seek the help of a lactation consultant to observe the baby's mouth and her technique to see if she can get better help.

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Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSC, IBCLC

RN & Lactation Consultant

Jennifer Davidson, RN, BSN, IBCLC, earned her AA degree in early childhood education and taught preschool for two years. She returned to college and received a bachelor's degree in Nursing. After completing school, she worked as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for ten years. During this time she got married and gave birth to a beautiful son who changed her life. Jennifer realized she did not want to return to the same long hours that would take her away from her family. When Jennifer was offered a part-time job as an RN at the progressive pediatric office of Dr. Jay Gordon and Linda Nussbaum in Santa Monica, she accepted it and has been there for 18 years.

Somewhere after birthing and nursing another wonderful son, Jennifer discovered a new passion and began helping other mothers with breastfeeding problems. She completed the extensive training to become a lactation consultant and for the last eight years has been the breastfeeding specialist in the pediatric office. Jennifer has the wonderful opportunity of following women from their pregnancy throughout their breastfeeding journey. She is able to intimately know the women and their stories. Most important, Jennifer learns with the women how best to draw out their own knowledge in creating a successful breastfeeding experience. Repeatedly she has found that helping a woman trust her own instincts builds the most confidence and leads to the most success.

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