Hi! I have been breastfeeding my two week old daughter and have been in pain since day one. At first it was an incorrect latch, but now she seems to have a good one. My nipples are very tender and sore, but they aren't cracked or bleeding. It hurts so bad when she first latches on, but usually goes away in a couple minutes. That kind of tells me that her latch is good, right?
And last week a new problem has started. It started to get pretty bad last night. I don't know whether to call my doctor about it or not, and what doctor do I call? My OB or daughter's pediatrician? Anyways, the pain is in both of my breasts and I've noticed it starts after I feed her. It is in the same spot on both sides, the upper inner part and then a little pain on the exact opposite spot. It is like a sharp aching and it lasts for a couple hours. Also when my milk lets downs, it is so paonful in that spot, mostly on my right breast and it feels like needles are stabbing my nipple! I've had to pump for my daughter's feedings last night and this morning. I can't bear to latch her on right now!
Has anyone experienced something like this? I've read about mastits and clogged ducts, and my symptoms don't sound like those. Is it possible that my daughter is just sucking so hard she is bruising me inside? The physical therapist she has been seeing told me she has a suck so strong she suck the wallpaper right off the wall!
I forgot to add that when I'm pumping, I'm only getting about half of what I get on the right side. And I noticed last night that when she was on my right breast, she wasn't swallowing much.