I have been suffering with extreme nipple pain, especially when my DS (13 days old) first latches on my right breast. It takes my breath away and I have to grab something to get through it, it feels like a stabbing-type burning pain. Throughout the nursing session, the pain becomes much less sharp, although it never quite goes away. After the first 30 seconds or so, it becomes bearable. The pain is so awful that I actually dread feedings. I have tried to switch it up from the cross cradle position to the football hold, but both are equally painful. The left side does not have the sharp pain that the right does, although it is mildly painful.
When I inspect the right breast, I see what looks like a tiny hole on the side of the nipple, and think that it is likely a crack. I have been expressing milk and rubbing it on the nipple after feedings and using Lansinoh. I never had problems like this with my first DS, whom I breastfed for 14 months.
As of yesterday, my right breast now feels very tender, almost like it is engorged, but it doesn't go away after feedings. I have been massaging the breast vigorously, although it is very painful.
Oh, and I should mention that DS is gaining plenty of weight. He was 8lb 11oz at birth, and at 12 days weighed 10lb 5oz (with clothes on).
What can I do to help ease the nipple pain? I do not want to dread feedings, and I don't want to do anything that will decrease milk supply or hinder our breastfeeding relationship as I plan to BF for at least a year.