Hi, my second DS is 10 days old today and I've been experiencing terrible nipple pain since day 3. Both my nipples are cracked at the tip so 2 days ago I decided to nurse from the less damaged breast only, and I pump the other at every feeding. After he nurses I give him the expressed breastmilk from the bottle (one from medela, that is supposed to prevent nipple confusion).
I had 2 LC tell me the latch is fine (probably improved a little). However my nipples are shaped like lipstick at the end of the feeding, instead of pensil erasers.
When I use the football hold they end up with the pencil eraser shape, BUT it s equally painful!
I m also using lanolin, breastshells, BM on the nipples, hydrogel pads and advil for the pain.
Tried nipple shield but its worse and milk doesn t transfer well.
What I would like to know is:
- If the latch is now correct, how long for it to stop hurting? Should I pump and let the nipples heal? (I m terrified he ll refuse the breast afterwards). should I keep nursing and wait until nipples toughen up?
I am really desperate, I was so looking forward to this experience and now I feel like crying at every feeding... I know its christmas and everybody is probably very busy, but I am desperate for a piece of advise. Thank tou so much!