I managed to breastfeed my first son for 3 weeks before I had to stop because it was so painful I couldn't bear him or a pump to go near me.
My second son is now 3 weeks old and we're still breastfeeding but I'm getting the same problems as last time. My nipples are cracked, bleeding and very sore (I'm using lansinoh in between feeds to try and heal them but every time he feeds he pulls open the cracks again). Both nipples are a very odd shape after a feed, sort of like the top of a new lipstick - pinched and pointy.
I'm sure this is due to bad positioning but no matter how I try I can't seem to get it right. Any suggestions?
(Midwife at hospital when asked said "You're fair skinned, breastfeeding will hurt. Make a decision - either put up with pain or use formula." I am determined not to use formula this time but I don't want this pain every time I feed - I'm dreading every time he feeds when instead I should be enjoying this closeness with him.)