I'm a second time mom and I nursed my first for about 18 months. I do remember having pain for about six weeks with the first, but I really don't feel like I can power through the pain this go round as I am returning to work earlier, after 4 wks. We are just now through week two and my left nipple is severely cracked and bleeds occasionally. Also I have a weird spontaneous pain that pulls from my nipple to my back. This is not the same as let down. I'm not sure what it could be. I have been doing a few things to help but I am open to any suggestions you may have. I have been taking regular ibuprofen, letting my nipples air dry and using lanolin as needed. I checked with a lactation consultant to make sure we had a good latch and we do. She suggested that he just has a strong suck. I won't quit nursing because I believe it to be the best thing for my baby and me I'm just looking for some advice if there is any!