DD is just over 3 weeks old. My nipples were sore and scabbed at first -the LC at the hospital said that she's noticed that redheads always seem to have some skin breakdown on their nipples at first. Not sure how true that is, but I've worked hard to deepen DD's latch and it's pretty good for the most part. Nursing itself is fairly comfortable. She does tend to slip off a little towards the end of a feeding when she's just comfort nursing, but I'll break suction and take her off when it starts to feel pinchy. My nipples have since healed (I alternated lanolin, APNO and breastmilk), but they still feel sore and sensitive between feedings. They feel like they are constantly erect. I have noticed some occasional blanching, but I wouldn't say it's more sore during those times. I've used a warmed up rice sock and it feels ok while I'm using it, but doesn't really seem to help long term, and I can't really go around with one stuffed in my bra all day, lol.
I guess I'm just wondering if this is a more or less normal part of adjusting to nursing? I had issues with tongue/lip tie and thrush with my first for the first several months, so I'm not sure exactly what's in the range of normal this early on. Any tips/suggestions for dealing with this?