My daughter is 17 days old and I've been bf her since birth. My nipples still hurt at latch on. Once she gets latched on, it's fine after about 10 seconds, but the initial latch on is dreadful. What can I do? I've been to a lactation consultant twice and both times she said my positioning and everything was fine. I would appreciate any advice that anyone can offer. I saw in one of the previous threads someone mentioned thrush. How do I know if that's my problem? What are the signs and symptoms?
I have also been considering stopping the actual bf and beginning to just pump for bottles and storage. What is the opinion on this practice? Does it still give all the benefits of bf to the baby and also to myself (weight loss)? Please offer any advice so I can make up my mind. I feel that my husband doesn't get a chance to bond with her since she always seems to be eating or sleeping. Plus it would alleviate the pain of latch on. If I did go this route, how often would I need to pump to ensure sufficent supply and comfort? Thank you for your help.