My son is 7 weeks old, but we've only been ebf for the past 2-3 weeks. When he was 2 days old, I was told I needed to supplement (wish I hadn't listened) and at that point my little guy refused to latch once he discovered the bottle. We kept trying, and finally in week 3, he realized that bf was just as easy .
Then the thrush kicked in .
Now that we've mostly resolved that issue, I'm still experiencing nipple pain. I believe it's from a bad latch, which I've created in my persistance at convincing my lo to latch. Rather than wait for him to open wide, I started assisting him by using a finger to help him open his jaw. We're effectively feeding this way - he's getting lots of milk - but this method means his tongue isn't positioned correctly, my nipples are getting squished, the tips turn white, and I feel a burning pain during the feeding. My question - how can I re-teach my little one to open his mouth and stick out his tongue, rather than me opening it for him?
Hoping to one day have pain-free feedings :-)
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!