This is my third baby, he will be 7-weeks tomorrow. I nursed my other two to 4 years and 3 years, 7 months, so I am not exactly new to breastfeeding. But this guy is different and he can make breastfeeding difficult.
In the early days I though he was not opening his mouth wide enough. That may still be the case occasionally, but I am not totally sure what his deal is. If the nipple is not put exactly where he needs it, he will not latch. It's like he needs it just on the right spot on his tongue or his palete or he doesn't sense it. This makes breastfeeding a fight,a lot of the time.
Also, if the nipple or his mouth gets too wet, he loses the nipple, and we have to dry off and start again. Both of these issues make nursing in the dark very hard, so often I have to turn on a light in the middle of the night.
Another thing is it seems sometimes he may want to comfort nurse, but he gets inundated with milk and starts to get mad, pulling off, latching on (or trying), etc. Every few days I have sore nipples again, which could be freom bad positioning or him nursing more frequently, I don't really know.
His weight gain and output is fine. I imagine these are normal things moms deal with, but I have never dealt with them before, and within my realm of nursing experience, they are foreign to me. It would just help to hear from those who have been there, done that, so I know this too shall pass.