Good morning! My son is now 2 weeks old and we have had a bit of a rough start, but things are going much better! We did have latch issues with cracked/bleeding nipples and severe pain. I am using the compounded nipple ointment that has helped a ton with the cracks and there is no longer any bleeding. His latch is better as well from what I can tell. He has good swallowing while nursing. His birth weight was 8#13oz and at 2 weeks his weight was 8#12oz.
My problem is that the latch is still somewhat painful when he starts and on and off throughout. It is not so much the nipple, but more the areola that hurts (does that make sense)? So, it does make me think that he is getting a good latch (earlier he was just grabbing the nipple). He does slip down a lot throughout the nursing which is not fun, but we reposition and relatch and continue. I do feel like I have OALD (have the spraying sometimes and he gets choked up).
You women are all amazing and give such great advice, I thought I would check with you to see what you think. Thanks in advance!