My little girl (two weeks old now) has had troubles latching (shallow latch) from the very start. Some of it is due to torticollis (stiff neck/jaw), and we are addressing that with an osteopath; some of it is due to her small size (which I've been told by my LC is just a matter of waiting till she grows a bit bigger in a few weeks).
Unfortunately, the nipple soreness has been getting steadily worse for me and now I have developed a crack at the base of one of the nipples. It hurts intensely when I try to breastfeed (even with ibuprofen).
I'm really discouraged and spent the last few hours crying... I'm really not ready to throw in the towel, but I just don't know what to do. My husband is out on a walk with her and when he brings her back she is going to want to eat. I shudder at the thought of the toe-curling pain I'm going to feel when she latches on.
Update: after renting a hospital-grade pump (and pumping on the injured side for 24 hours) and then using a football hold for a few days (to reposition LO's voracious jaws ), plus copious amounts of lanolin, the crack has healed without a trace.
I've also been using the "sandwich" technique to compress the breast during nursing and lo and behold, my nipple soreness is gone too. Having to do it means that I have both hands occupied and makes it nearly impossible to NIP. LO is 3.5 weeks old now, how much longer do you think I'll have to do this until she is able to get a deep enough latch on her own?