Painful breastfeeding is NOT normal. Breastfeeding is normal and nature intended for many reasons to be instrumental in development. The functional part of breastfeeding will be addressed. As a myofunctional specialist I evaluate functions of the orofacial muscles and how they are engaging in actions. If the muscles are functioning normally, compensating, or dysfunctional then I make suggestions to the client for the best outcomes. Breastfeeding is one of these functions the orofacial muscles participate. Identifying myofunctional dysfunctions early in life is best outcome for long term health. Don't give up, help is here!!
Collaboration with multiple disciplines is key to client success. My team of professional all want best outcomes for everyone. Nursing is biologically normal besides breathing. If can't, then it's NOT normal. Addressing common symptoms for mom and baby.
MOM SYMPTOMS all these indicate poor latching, poor stability, physiological impairments that can be related to tethered oral tissue.
Painful breastfeeding, nipple tissue
Engorgement, clogged ducts, blebs, mastitis
Change shape nipple, bruised, bleed, creased
Nipple trauma crack, redness, vasospasum
Difficulty staying latched, slipping on/off breast
Milk leakage sides mouth during nursing
Clicking sounds or loss suction
Working hard uncoordinated suck, swallow, breathe
Very long nurse sessions, fall asleep nursing, wakes up as soon as put down. aka "round the clock nursing" or "never full"