My baby is now 9 weeks old - I posted a couple of weeks ago here: http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...ain-at-7-weeks...
I've now seen an IBCLC who said my ongoing nipple pain is almost certainly down to poor latch (not thrush). She gave me some advice for improving the latch, mainly making it more asymmetrical, and said not to leave the baby to keep "comfort sucking" if she's stopped swallowing. However, that was 10 days ago and despite trying to follow her advice, I'm still in pain and still pumping a lot because putting the baby on the breast hurts too much and/or is doing visible damage. I'm ending up in tears most days because I'm so frustrated, disappointed, and exhausted.
As a side note, I don't find it easy to pump - I think she's getting enough but it is always a bit frantic to keep up with her appetite.
Lots of people, including my (very supportive) partner and my (very breastfeeding-positive) mother have said that we should consider switching (partly or completely) to formula - as we have done so much to try to make this work, it's great that the baby has had only breastmilk for 2 months, and there's no point in continuing if it's making me miserable. (Happier mama makes for happier baby!) However, I will be really disappointed if we end up going down that route as I had planned to exclusively BF for 6 months.
I am wondering if I should try nipple shields - I've heard that they can be problematic, but if the alternative is formula, would they be worth a try? and if so, how can I maximize benefits and minimize problems with them?