I gave birth to my first baby two weeks ago and have been working on breastfeeding ever since. I feel like giving up! He is great at latching on, even on the side where I have a flat nipple- but he pinches the nipple while he is sucking. Which is confusing because it seems like he is latched on the way he is supposed to be yet this still happens. After a minute or two it starts to really sting and I break the latch and my nipple has a ridge in it from being pinched. Does anyone know what could be causing this? The only thing I can think of is that his mouth is still too small- or he is sucking wrong somehow. I have no idea how to correct it and I am dreading each feeding. It's so hard to keep doing this day and night every two hours. I break the latch over and over trying to get him to not pinch me, but it just ends up with both of us being frustrated. I usually end up putting up with the pain just so he will eat.
Can using a pacifier cause him to suck wrong when feeding? He's been on a paci since a few days old, he seems to just need to suck on something all the time.
Any help you can offer would be much appreciated. I really want to make this work but I don't know how much more I can take. Reading up on breastfeeding online just scares and depresses me because most of the articles say that there shouldn't be any pain or problems after 4 or 5 days. What if this just doesn't work?? Aagh.
Here is the info you might want to know:
Two weeks old
Born 3 weeks early, 6 pounds 3oz
Had jaundiced and needed to supplement with formula during the first week
Have a flat nipple on one side
Uses a binky
Sometimes uses a nipple shield on the flat side to get him going
Thanks for listening!