So I've been bf my lo for 4 1/2 mos now and had problems in the beginning. Both of my nipples were inverted, but now it's just my left. I used to use the nipple shield and guard in the beginning (1 1/2 months) because he was having a hard time latching on. My nipples were very sore and had a lot of cuts on the side where my nipples were being stretched out. It was very painful and bf was so difficult, but I was very determined to bf my lo. So it's 3 months later and my left inverted nipple is still getting cuts and healing time takes about 1 1/2 weeks and I just dread feeding him on that side. It's getting to the point where he cuts my left nipple every month and I have to go through the same process again. I constantly use the guard so it can heal. So I guess my question is...is it time to stop? I really don't want to, but feeding is so painful and I don't know how much more pain I can go through. I will be going back to work next week and am stressed out with DC, pumping, my cut, mommy separation anxiety, etc...I guess I just need some words of encouragement to keep on going.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.