My daughter is almost 3 weeks old, and I've had a difficult time with nursing, especially on my left breast. My nipples are pink on the tips, and I don't know if this is normal because my nipples are still getting used to the new sensations OR if they are pink because I'm doing something wrong. On my right breast, I do not experience any discomfort while my daughter is nursing, but I usually experience discomfort on my left nipple. I know it's a latching issue, but I don't know how to resolve it. I've read a bunch of books and articles and other posts and suggestions on how to get the proper latch, but nothing seems to work. My daughter tends to "tight lip" my nipple and her lower lip is not flanged like her top lip. I try flipping her lower lip down while she's on my breast; I try pulling her chin down while she's on my breast; I try detaching her and starting over; I try pulling her chin down before I shove her on my breast...I do all of these things, but nothing seems to help. Her lower lip will be flanged, but then partway through nursing, she will suck it in again.
I'm also having an issue with her getting her mouth open enough to get a lot of my areola in her mouth. I try pulling her chin down and tickling her lower lip with my nipple, and all of the other suggestions I've read about, but nothing seems to help.
So...my questions are:
1. Is it normal for my nipples to be pink at the tip for the first few weeks?
2. How can I keep my daughter's lower lip flanged out while nursing?
3. How can I get my daughter to open her mouth wider so that I can get more of my areola in her mouth?
4. Why is it that I have discomfort on one breast but not on the other?
5. Is it normal for my nipples to hurt when they get hard, or when I'm not wearing a bra, or when I touch them?
6. How much longer until my nipples and breasts get used to nursing?