Re: Pain with breastfeeding-HELP!
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
An experienced breastfeeding mom should be given creedence when she says it hurts more than it should. I wish the LC was there to help you. I would immediately start making calls for hands-on help- and I know it may be hard to find someone over the Christmas holiday! I'd call your local La Leche League leaders, your local lactation consultants (starting with the ones who are IBCLCs), and the pediatrician. Make sure the baby is checked carefully for tongue tie, since tongue tie can explain how everything can look okay on the outside yet cause pain on the inside. I would also google "breast sandwich" or "nipple sandwich" for descriptions of a technique which can help you cram the maximum amount of breast into a tiny newborn mouth.
Can you describe the pain exactly? Is it a pinching, or more of a burning? And when your nipple emerges from the baby's mouth, is it symmetrical, like a pencil eraser, or asymmetrical/wedged/creased/ridged/shaped like a new lipstick? Any cracking or blistering at this point? How about nipple blanching (turning white) after feedings?
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