So my son will be two weeks old tomorrow and from the very beginning breastfeeding has been a tremendous struggle for me. First of all, my son has really strong suction. Which in it self is a good thing, but I'm not sure it is helping the situation. The nurses at the hospital called him piranha boy because he bruised me so badly- which I am sure had to do with improper latching as well. Long story short, I have flat nipples and at first they were bruised and bleeding. I can't say how heartbreaking it is to see your baby's spit up have a pink tone because of your bleeding nipples. Now, the nipples are healing but it still hurts so bad when he nurses, especially when he first latches on- I'm guessing because he is pulling my nipple out. On top of that, my breasts hurt when he is not nursing, I'm guessing from engorgement that hasn't gone away yet. I'm so frustrated, I don't know what to do. I really want to breastfeed for at least six weeks before I start pumping so I can alternate between the bottle. I guess I am looking for some tips on breastfeeding with flat nipples, and to know whether this pain will ever go away. I don't think I can last another 4 weeks of this. I am also frustrated from reading that if you are doing it properly it shouldn't hurt. I had a lactation consultant and many nurses say that he has a great latch, so are they wrong?