Your baby is still so teeny-tiny, and therefore has a tiny mouth. That makes it hard for a newborn to generate a good latch even when everything is lined up perfectly. But newborns grow really fast and if you can just hang in there long enough, it's going to get better. When it gets better is an open question, though, since the turnaround point is different for every mama-baby pair. Most people see marked improvement within the first few weeks, but some mamas have to wait until 6 weeks or even longer.
Can you tell us a few things about your situation? For example:
- when baby unlatches, what shape is your nipple? Elongated and symmetrical (like a pencil eraser) or elongated and asymmetrical/creased/wedged, like a new lipstick?
- when do you have the most pain- when baby first latches on, at certain points during the feeding, throughout the feeding, at the end of the feeding, or when the feeding is over?
- any cracking or blistering on the skin of the nipple?
- do your nipples ever turn white or bluish purple after nursing?
- is the pain more of a stabbing or more of a burning?
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