I'm new to the group and just want some reassurance that it does get better. My baby is 4 weeks old, he spent his first few days in NICU getting formula bottles and pacifiers and it has been such a struggle to get him to breastfeed since. The pumping every two hours, nipple shields, syringe feedings are luckily over. With the help of an LC we finally got him to latch last week! And now we are dealing with excruciating pain, sore bloody nipples and it still takes some time to get him latched initially. It seems like as soon as we make some progress, another hurdle pops up.
We did have our first pain/fuss free feeding today on my right breast! But, am dreading the next feeding on the left breast because the initial latch still hurts so much as the nipple heals. It's usually just the first minute or so that hurts, it is the worst pain I've ever experienced!
So anyway, I guess I'm posting this because breastfeeding has been such a challenge for us and I want to hear of other success stories. I was so close to giving up on many occasions. So many tears, swear words, and screams have been exchanged. Last night we had a rough feeding and I wondered if I would be able to do this. Taking it day by day, but want to hear from others that is does get better!