I'm getting a little discouraged - at 4.5 weeks my nipples are still painful. A little background, I have had my latch evaluated by a wonderful LC, seen my OB for a prescription antibiotic cream, and taken my baby to a pediatric oral surgeon to make sure his upper and lower frenula are not problematic. The oral surgeon is breastfeeding-friendly and told me my baby does have a narrow gum ridge and is showing signs of early teething, which in effect means that he can "bite" me with his top gum. This is apparently what caused the deep and painful cracks on my nipples where the top part of the baby's mouth comes in contact with them. (I haven't been able to find info on this anywhere, though.) The doctors all mentioned we don't appear to have thrush.
Anyway, after two weeks of mostly pumping, one breast is sufficiently healed that I am working on getting my baby back to full-time breastfeeding. I'm not experiencing any latch-on pain and the nipple is coming out of the baby's mouth rounded. But, he sometimes moves his head with the nipple in his mouth, which hurts me, and I can certainly feel it when he sucks, kind of a sandpapery feeling. Both nipples (the one I'm pumping and the one I'm feeding from) are still sensitive to the point where putting on a bra is an exercise in avoiding pain. The one I am feeding from gets more sensitive after a feeding.
I'm determined to keep going, but am I doing something wrong?! Is it ever really painless to breastfeed? As in, no sensitivity or pain? When is it that babies don't need so much help with latching on to avoid pain for the mother? I know breastfeeding is supposed to be so easy and convenient when you get the hang of it, but right now it's a whole process to get my baby latched well and even when he's not starving he gets frustrated and starts crying a lot of times.
Thank you for any help you can send my way!!