My DS is 3 weeks old and we've been struggling with breastfeeding PAIN since we brought him home. I had no pain during the hospital stay, but after a few days of being home, I started experiencing extreme nipple pain, soreness, slight bleeding etc.
We've since seen a lactation consultant from the hospital twice and I thought I figured out how to properly latch, but the extreme pain and soreness/slight bleeding still continues. I also have major pain not only in the nipple area, but also an achy and sometimes sharp pain in my whole breast. Also, it feels like the areola area is bruised.
Some days I want to fight through it hoping the next feeding will be the magical one that doesn't hurt, but mostly these days I'm dreading the next feeding. I occasionally pump, just to give my breasts a break and let my husband help feed him.
My DS is also very aggressive and takes about 5 seconds for him to become totally frantic. He will slam his mouth forcefully onto my breast which makes it hard for me to control his latch positioning; so I have to constantly pull him off and try again which of course makes him even more frantic and frustrated. In the meantime my nipple is being gummed and pulled. Not to mention trying to keep his hands from ripping off my nipple. ouch!
Just want some encouragement that this will all work out in the end. Should I see a lactation consultant again?