My LO is 6 weeks old this Sunday and breastfeeding has been such a trial. We've been treated for thrush for the past three weeks (with little relief) but now I am beginning to wonder if the pain is really a persistent latch issue. The other day in my extensive research of latching techniques I read an article that described a different method than I had been using, and tried it. (It basically said to hold the breast with the thumb right up at the base of the nipple, and the other fingers well below the areola. I had been putting them both the same distance from the nipple.) We got two GREAT feedings, with no pain during or after. I thought all our problems were solved! Then all of a sudden at the next feeding we couldn't get it right again. Now my nipples are back to bright pink, they feel like they have been mauled and we can't get a good latch that's entirely comfortable. I am really worried my DD isn't getting enough and I tried to pump after this morning's session, with the intention of either giving it to her after or later tonight, but she was crying so I only got 10 minutes and barely any milk.
Sorry, just really feeling the frustration today! It seems like things change from one hour to the next. I know I want to keep working on this and figure it out, but I also wonder how much abuse my nipples can take.