Planning to breastfeed but worried about pain!

I've always had sensitive breasts but being pregnant has made them so sore. 😓 I can barely stand my partner touching them! I was hoping this would be easier by the 2nd trimester but no such luck. I'm super worried that breastfeeding will be too painful. Is there anything I can do to better prepare or anyone else out there who has had this experience? I want to do what's best for my baby.
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I’ll be honest it’s gonna hurt for a bit but it gets better with time

It's an adjustment, but the only time it hurt me was when her latch wasn't great, which can happen. Just work on a correct latch. That can take work so work with a lactation consultant if you need to. You may not. A correct latch mean more comfort as you get used to it and baby will eat better which means better supply. It's all around the number one advice I give. (And I'm going on a collective 3 years of breastfeeding now)

I was the same. Even a towel brushing against my nipples after a shower would hurt. However I managed to BF and still going at 7 weeks. Just have some nipple balm and see how you go. There’s always going to be some discomfort at first.

It gets easier! I have super sensitive nipples too and found that BF doesn’t bother me at all. It’s a different sensation altogether. Best of luck!

My little boy is 3 weeks old and to be completely honest the first week was torture. I've always had sensitive nipples and my boobs got super sensitive during pregnancy. When he was born I could barely get him to latch and when he did latch properly it hurt so much. By the end of the week I was just about ready to give up and ended up bottle feeding him the whole day. I had major anxiety about feeding him and would cry at the thought of breastfeeding but I stuck it out and by the end of that week somehow my nipples desensitised and I've been feeding without pain for the last two weeks. A few things that got me through it were hydro-gel breast pads, lanolin cream, and pumping. I have/had flat nipples so pumping might be helpful if you have that issue. At the end of the day, if you don't like breastfeeding or if it hurts or even if you don't feel comfortable trying, you have other options. Formula or expressing exclusively are completely valid ways of feeding your baby.

The first few days in the hospital were the worst and then for about a month it was painful. My baby is 3 months old now, no pain when breastfeeding just occasional pain when she starts using my nipple as a pacifier when she falls asleep on me.

I am the same way. I have always been super sensitive and pregnancy made it worse. I did formula until my milk naturally came in because I was scared of the pain. When my milk came in I started with pumping on a low setting and worked my way up. After a week of giving pumped milk I tried latching her. It was painful for the first few weeks as I wasn't use to it. After about 1.5-2 months (age) it stopped hurting. The pain did make me want to stop but formula prices made me continue. At 5 months (age) it feels like nothing. Only time it is uncomfortable is when her latch is bad, and it's east to correct by taking her off and retrying. Try not to let the pain stop you. You got this momma ❤️

Read positive stories. My breasts are/were so sensitive in cold weather in pregnancy and now BF. In cold weather. Feeding doesn't hurt at all as long as the latch is good. My baby latched fine. I had a tiny bleed on one boob on day 5 and used the silverette cups and lanolin cream and tried to nurse starting on the other side for a couple days till the blood Blister healed. Then it was all fine. I even pump similar amounts from both boobs now (both produce the same amount) and yet never tracked which boob I fed last from. Pumping can be uncomfortable though. Even painful if more than once per day. Baby directly on boob is better for me. For pumps you have to try a few to see what fits which is very annoying

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