I am the mother of 2 wonderful children. My first child is 4 years old and my second is 8 days. I was unable to breastfeed my first child and really want to be able to make it work with my second. My newborn lost almost a pound from delivery to discharge. And when we took him in for his 1 week checkup had lost again. They told us to supplement with formula. Both of my nipples are sore, cracked and bleeding severly to the point of excruiating pain everytime he latches on. I literally cry for the first several minutes. I have tried different positions and have even tried the breast shield. He seems to be able to latch on really good with the breast shield even though the sucking still is very painful on my cracked nipples. My nipples do not protrude much at all. I want to make sure that my baby is getting fed enough I want to take care of him first and foremost but just looking for some suggestions on what I could be doing wrong, or what I can do to fix it, or anything to help ease the pain, also are there reasons not to use the nipple shield, is it something that I can use consistently and what is the chances of him not wanting to continue if I have to use a bottle to supplement with formula . I dont want to give up but I am struggling very bad. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.