You see five years ago when I had my darling baby Peach my milk didn't come in fully for two weeks. It was horrible. Here I was having my third kid, I'd easily breast fed two previous children and I figured this one would be cake, but for two weeks my milk just was not there. I took her in to the lactation office ever day. They'd watch me nurse. They'd weigh her and her diapers. They made a million and one suggestions. We tried everything. During this time we had to supplement her with a bottle because we learned our lesson with Captain E. Better not to starve your child if you can. I'd nurse her first and then offer her a bottle which she almost always took. Finally after two weeks the supply was in and I put all the bottles away but even though we'd spent so much time with the consultants her latch always felt wrong. Always. There was not a time in the next 21 months or so of her nursing that wasn't painful and that after she finished my nipples didn't ache. Twenty-one months they hurt! But for 21 months I persevered on. I think it was due to the fact that I'm partially a hippy wearing, breast feeding, midwife loving, hippie following girl and partially because breastfeeding was so hard for us to get to I never wanted to take a second for granted. That being said I always recognized something had to be lousy about her latch because of the persistent pain of the whole thing. Since the lactation consultants didn't have a way for me to change it though I just continued on the best I could. Those two years you could find me rubbing or icing my boobs a lot.
I realize now after reading the guide that her bad latch, the time it took for my milk to come in, and the almost two years of pain may very well have been the fault of that super low strong frenum I passed on to her. Genetics at it's not best here people. Wish I would have known to check that five years ago. I would have had it clipped then rather than having to have it done some time in the next ten years by her orthodontist.