When my 2-week old baby latches on my nipple, it looks at first glance like she's latched on well. Her upper lip is flanged out with the "fish lips" look. But if I look at the lower lip - it is NOT flanged out, and is instead not out far enough. It looks like she's munching too close to my nipple, with the bottom lip. This has resulted in pain throughout the feeding, and extremely sore nipples (with white and red spots on the ends of my nipple... ow!!). And when I pull her off the nipple, it is creased.
This happens on both breasts. I've seen a lactation counselor and talked with nurses, and they recommend removing her from the latch and re-latching over and over again until she's on correctly with both lips flanged out. But I can't ever get her to latch correctly!
I try to keep her nose even with my nipple, then get her mouth open wide and stuff the nipple into her mouth, chin first as best I can. I also try to sandwich my nipple as much as possible.
But even if she gets a big mouthful, she'll still slip that bottom lip up!
I'm really frustrated b/c I want to keep breastfeeding, but this is so darn painful.
Has anyone been in the same boat? Any advice or tips? Were you able to get your baby to finally latch correctly?