My LO is 15 weeks old and we finally kicked her 14 week nipple shield addiction this week after seeing a few LCs. Now I'm having problems with excruciating nipple pain when she first latches, it is so unbearable that I have to take her off, which upsets her and I'm then unable to get her back on. I haven't had to deal with nipple issues at all due to the nipple shield protecting them over the last 14 weeks.
I think she's got a bad latch that kind of corrects itself as she's nursing. She doesn't really open her mouth wide when she first gets on, it's more like she's using my nipple like a straw until she sucks enough of my areola into her mouth. By the end of the session everything feels fine and my nipple shape looks good when she unlatches.
What can I do to get enough of my areola into her mouth from the beginning of the feeding? I'm currently squishing my breast as flat as I can to try try to get as much in as possible, but that isn't working since she won't open her mouth very wide.
I have a follow up appt with the LC that helped us kick the shield, but it's not for another week and a half, I fear that the pain will make me use the shield again before then if I can't figure something out.