Hi -- new dad here (our daughter is 10 days old).
My wife is having a lot of difficulty breastfeeding. Supply is not an issue -- she's able to pump 3-4 oz of milk when she uses the Medela pump on both breasts.
Her nipples have become very, very sore and she's experienced deep 'creases' in each nipple -- the baby's suction causes a sort of a line / fold that becomes very painful and often raw. We've seen our lactation consultant twice now to work on getting a good latch and are definitely using all the tricks they showed us -- switching to football hold, trying for a deep latch etc.
Still, no luck and my wife is at her wit's end -- she's extremely nervous before every feeding and I can see the tension. Horribly sore and raw.
One thing we're wondering is if my wife is overendowed -- she was a 34 D with large nipples prior to pregnancy and is even larger now. Her nipple seems to us like it may be too big to get sufficiently deep in our daughter's little mouth. Our lactation consultant had us put 3 tea bags into a 4 oz cup of water and apply that after feedings in hope of healing from the 'inside out' but she's still extremely sore. At this point only one of her nipples is 'feedable,' the other literally makes her cry and scream in pain (as much or more than labor did) so we pump that breast and give 3-4 oz bottles of breast milk when she's between feedings.
Any experience with nipple creasing or advice is much appreciated. Thanks to all in advance for any help you can offer.