And the fact that it hurts worse on one side than the other suggests that the baby has a good side. Which most babies do. Especially in the 1st few months. I had excruciating pain on one side the 1st few months on one side. Like it felt like he was sucking needles or metal through my nipple. I half expected to see a mouthful of blood when he came off. What I found was that it went away completely around 4 months or so. And in the interm, it was MUCH LESS painful if I mimicked his positioning on his good side on the side he struggled with. Meaning that on the side he was doing well on, if you flip the baby to the other side in the same position you are putting the baby in the exact OPPOSITE of the position he doing well in. So rather than flip the baby you want to put the baby and the baby's mouth in the SAME position on the opposite side. So imagine this. If your baby was laying on a boppy or a pillow, and nursing in cradle on your good side (left). And when done. You left the baby in that position and moved the entire baby on the pillow to the other side. Now the baby would be in football on your right. Does that make sense?
Way too lazy for formula
So i saw my LC and she helped me with my LOs latch. My problem now is the one side is still very sore and i know it will take some time to heal even with a good latch. Should i still continue to nurse on that side or nurse on the good side only and pump the bad side?
I am not an expert but my hunch is that you should probably nurse on both sides, if it's not too painful, because baby is much more effective at removing milk than the pump. When mine was a newborn, he gave me "suck blisters" and I just nursed through them. They healed completely within a few weeks. I put a little expressed milk on the nipples after feedings, then some motherlove nipple cream (such a great salve!), and also used gel pads (I really like the Ameda Comfort Gels, but the Lanisoh Soothies are also good & are a little less expensive and available at chain pharmacies). Good luck! So glad the LC was able to help with the latch issues.
I'd nurse on both sides if you can, though you might want to start on the side that isn't sore. Babies tend to nurse more aggressively at the beginning of a nursing session and get gentler once their immediate need is satisfied.
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