I have a 4 week old, and since birth LO has been "gumming" my nipples. He's just not getting his tongue over his lower gums when nursing. For the first few weeks I assumed the extreme pain was due to my nipples toughening up, but when I was in tears I decided to see a lactation consultant. She said I had an overactive let down and gave me a nipple shield and position tips to keep him from slowing down my milk flow with his gums. She also gave us some finger sucking exercises to get his tongue to move forward which we do before and after feedings (unless he gets hysterical).
It's been a week, and LO isn't getting better. Even with the nipple shield I'm in pain. It's certainly not worse than skin-to-skin pain, but still really uncomfortable. I've researched tongue-tie in infants and he doesn't really have any of the symptoms. He's gaining the normal amount of weight and getting about 3 oz at each feeding. It seems he's learned to breastfeed with his gums instead of tongue. He's doing fine -- I'm not!
Has anyone else experienced this and gotten past it? Will I ever be able to nurse comfortably and without a nipple shield?
Thanks for taking the time.