My dd is 4 weeks old & we had her frenulum clipped last Friday. Our ped diagnossed slight tongue tiedness while we were still in the hospital and told us she'd clip it if nursing was being affected. Well, last week the pain became unbearable (probably due to cluster feeding related to a growth spurt) & we went in. DD seems to be doing better, but she still has difficulty opening her mouth wide. My nipples had become very sore (bright red tips) and have cracked some. As a result I have been using a nipple shield since Monday evening. Today (Thurs) they have improved, but are still sore.
I am wondering how long it may take my nipples to recover? And when should I stop using the shield? Do I wait for total recovery? Also, I was wondering if anyone had any tips for "convincing" my dd that she can now open wide. We often have to re-latch several times & she (& I) gets very aggravated.