I've had some problems here and there nursing DS, 1 month old tomorrow, but overall it's been fine. He's gaining weight very quickly and the pediatricians are pleased. He was back to birth weight in about a week and is now 2 lbs above his birth weight. He's happy and sleeps a lot between feedings so I know he's getting plenty to eat. I also am lucky not to have supply problems. I actually had to deal a bit with an oversupply and over active let down by block feeding and by not pumping.
Here's the problem. He has a fine latch on the right but on the left he's not taking the nipple into his palate. I can hear the clicking/tongue sucking sound. I also can feel that he's chomping my nipple between his gums. It sort of rolls. It hurts! So I know that the problem is the nipple is not going far enough in, and is not being compressed by the tongue against the palate. He's still managing to drain the breast, though it's uncomfortable for me, and since a terrible case of recurrent thrush ended my BF-ing relationship with my DD at 10 weeks I am constantly worried about damage/infection.
I've tried unlatching him when I feel him chomping/hear the clicking, but that hurts too as he fights it and pulls at the nipple. He also goes right back to doing it the wrong way, or, at night, gives up and goes to sleep without finishing the feeding.
I don't think it's his latch because he latches perfectly on the right. I think it might be my nipple. It looks fatter than the right, sort of like a pyramid shape with out the definition between nipple and aeraeola. Could this nipple be partly inverted? Maybe that's the issue?
I am looking for ideas and suggestions for how to get him to suckle, not suck, on the left--please help! Thanks!