I have been having the exact same problem. I haven't been able to figure out what to do since the latch *looks* picture perfect. I can't get him to open his mouth any wider and he has a habit of jerking his head downwards when he does get it open so I can't get the nipple into his mouth. He's only pinching the nipple from the middle to the base, but it's very uncomfortable (to say the least) and I wasn't sure how to correct it.
Originally Posted by raylou4
I found this description of how to hold baby from the Jack Newman web site very helpful -- it's for the cross cradle hold (my emphasis in red):
"Hold the baby in your right arm, pushing in the baby’s bottom with the side of your forearm so that your hand turns palm upwards.... Click on the "sore nipples" link on the web site for the full document.
The web between your thumb and index finger should be behind the nape of his neck (not behind his head). The baby will be almost horizontal across your body, with his head slight tilted backward, and should be turned so that his chest, belly and thighs are against you with a slight tilt so the baby can look at you. Hold the breast with your left hand, with the thumb on top and the other fingers underneath, fairly far back from the nipple and areola. The baby should be approaching the breast with the head just slightly tilted backwards."
If anything works for you, please post ... this is frustrating, but I know once we get it right, it will be smooth sailing!