Lactation Home Care

Aleisha: Provo, Utah

Aleisha: Provo, Utah

Aleisha: Provo, Utah

Aleisha and her baby

“After 10 days it was still extremely painful to breastfeed.”

I had my first baby back in April. My mom, who has been a labor and delivery nurse for 30 years, was there with me in the hospital during birth and after. She was the one who first helped me breastfeed my baby. She and the other nurses kept telling me how great I was doing and how great my baby was doing at breastfeeding. I had a few problems with latching while still at the hospital, and the nurses there helped me by giving me a nipple shield and advising me to use my breast pump to pull my nipple out a little before my baby eats. I never saw a lactation specialist in the hospital. After 10 days it was still extremely painful to breastfeed. My nipples were cracked and I applied generous amounts nipple cream all throughout the day.  When my baby would latch I would make my husband sit by me so that I could squeeze his hand. I took pain pills just for breastfeeding. It was the most painful part of having a baby for me (including labor!). My mom was friends with Christy and she was able to contact her and ask if she would help me. We went to Christy’s house and she looked at my nipples and into my baby’s mouth to determine a possible cause for so much pain. She discovered the cause of the problem I was having and helped me learn how to latch MY baby correctly so that I could minimize pain while breastfeeding. Getting the correct latch helped my nipples to finally heal so that it was no longer painful to feed my baby. I’m so grateful for Christy’s knowledge and for helping me in a way that helped me feel comfortable.