My son is nearly 3 months old now (so i thought i should post here, seeing as he is no longer going to be classified as a newborn in a few days)
When we first started nursing, it was HORRIBLE! Scabbed, bleeding nipples, followed by a severe thrush infection that went untreated for a week, then mastitis, poor latch...ugh! It finally got better and we have been breastfeeding well for nearly 6 weeks.
But all of a sudden, breastfeeding has taken a turn for the worse.
Nursing has become so painful that my teeth chatter when he latches on. While my son nurses, he flails his arm around, yanking at my hair, my shirt, clawing at the breast and pounding on my chest. He twists his head from side to side while nursing, lets go, relatches himself....its getting SO painful!
At first i thought "okay, maybe its when my milk lets down" but he does it throughout the entire nursing session! And on both sides!
I've tried every position in the book, from having him nurse sitting up, cross cradle, football, side lying. The pain isn't as bad as when i had thrush but it is similar to when i first started to breastfeed.
He nurses about every 2 hours during the day and goes for about 4 hours at night. It used to be he was only fussy while nursing if he was gassy and it was only during the evening...now its every. single. time he nurses. Except for those extremely rare occasions when he is quiet and calm and tucks in nicely while feeding. Each feeding takes anywhere from 10-30 mins and I let him finish before removing him from the breast.
I've also been starving myself trying to figure out what might be causing his gas and colic. I've cut out dairy, eggs, soy, caffiene, "gassy" foods like brocolli, etc...to see if it helps his fussiness while nursing but it hasn't.
I just don't know what to do. What would cause my nipples to start hurting so much? I'm pretty sure its not thrush because I've had it before and my nipples only hurt when he nurses. His latch looks fine. And why is he so fussy while nursing now? We were doing so well and it makes me sad and kinda start to dread nursing because of the way he acts.