When our daughter was born she nursed immediately. We were so happy we let her nurse with a poor latch. In the two weeks since then the pain remains even though I believe her latch is now correct. I had one bloody crack that has since healed. My nipples no longer look cracked or too irritated.
when we begin to nurse the initial latch is very painful.....sharp and burning.after about 20 seconds the pain is gone. I have a lot of anxiety now because of this pain and I dread feeding time. Sometimes I pump to avoid the pain. I would think that I would toughen up by now but it has not happened. I think my daughter has a particularly strong suck and when she latches on she doesn't suckle. Instead she sucks strong even before I let down.
Any suggestions as to what is causing all this pain? I am using a sheild which helps a little but doesn't stop the pain. Is 2 weeks not enough time to toughen up?