I am a first time mom and I have been breast feeding my newborn for 4 weeks now. I am past the initial stages of engorgement and cracked & bleeding nipples and I *think* I am getting the hang of things. So, I am wondering when will my nipples stop being sore? I don't mean the soreness when she first latches on. I mean that my nipples are a little sore and achy all the time. I know I am supposed to get her mouth open wide and shove as much of the nipple and surrounding area in there as possible - although this is a little tricky at night when I can't see her mouth very well or she doesn't seem to open as wide. Still, I'm wondering if I'm not doing things right and if her mouth is not open wide enough and that is causing the soreness? Or will the nipples be sore for the entire duration of breast feeding? I thought it should get a little more comfortable.
I have not been using any lotion or ointments whatsoever on my breasts, not even soap in the shower. Also, I have been avoiding wearing a bra as much as possible, and always try and let the nipple air dry after feeding to avoid infection - that was my mom's suggestion and she used to teach breastfeeding classes in the '70s. Could I be getting an infection or thrush anyway and that is causing the soreness?
Finally, I'm wondering if my breasts will ever go back to normal when I'm finished breastfeeding. I'm a little worried that if I don't wear a bra my boobs will be hanging down to my belly button! I'm normally a size B cup, but am now a very ample C.
Any help or suggestions welcome! I am living overseas and feeling a little isolated in the breastfeeding experience. Thanks