My dd is 8 weeks old. we are starting to switch to cradle hold for bf'ing because she is getting too big to comfortably feed her in the clutch/football hold. Sometimes she does great in cradle hold, other times its a nightmare. She isnt consistent with her latching, sometimes making my nipple come out pinched looking and painful. I can't seem to get her to take in much more than the nipple, or open her mouth for long enough. I'm just so frustrated! My nipple feels like she's trying to rip it off, it hurts soooooo badly. To top it off my nipple is healing from a milk blister and when she is in cradle position her tongue constantly grazes against the raw spot making nursing a very uncomfortable and unenjoyable experience.
Any tips on how to get a good latch? Where should her head/nose/mouth be in relation to the nipple in cradle hold for a good latch? I'm just so frustrated and want to be able to nurse my dd PAIN FREE!