My daughter is six days old and we have been breastfeeding since the recovery room after my c section. She is a wonderful baby and has been feeding like a champ however my right nipple looks like it's been through war. It's in such bad shape and has begun to bleed a bit at feedings. I want to continue feeding and past the initial toe curling pain on that nipple, I know she's latching on correctly because the pain stops after a few seconds.
How long does it take for the nipple to recover, the pain between feedings it's what's driving me crazy.
I also purchased a pump today to try and help in between feedings but that's drawing blood from that nipple too. I guess I'm just thinking how much easy my life would be if I just gave her a bottle But we just got past the difficulty of breastfeeding through c section recovery, it seems like we just have another obstacle to overcome.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.