Well the first six days of mommy-hood have produced many many questions that I won't bombard you with all at once, but my first one involves BFing. I would say breastfeeding on the baby's end is a roaring success. At 6 days of life, he's already regained his birth weight and is happily eating away (when he wakes up for it!) But on my end, there is pain pain pain for about the past 4 days. I've met with an LC who told me that my latch is sub par and I need to get the nipple further in his mouth, but he doesn't always open wide eough for me to do that unfortunately. I would describe it as a pinching with each suck, which is always there but sometimes worse than others depending on the latch. I don't have blisters, but the nipples are starting to get a little chapped from all the constant suckling.
I know I've read that BFing should't "hurt," but I can't imagine such constant nonstop stimulation to not produce some degree of discomfort, at least for a while.
My questions are: is this a normal amount of discomfort? Since there is no obvious trauma to the skin and I've worked with someone to maximize my latch, should I just keep with it and hope it gets more tolerable as my nipples "toughen up?" Any tips or tricks you've come accross? I have lanolin cream and am currently using Soothies pads on my breasts. Those are ok. I also have ice packs, I've tried salt water, etc etc etc. Any help would be much much appreciated! Thanks!