I have been exclusively breastfeeding my son, who is going to be three weeks on the 2nd. We are having lots of problems. My nipples are raw, cracked and bleeding. I don't know if he just doesn't open his mouth wide enough or if he slips down once he's latched, but I'm sure it is a latching problem. He also doesn't seem to cover his bottom gums with his tongue... feels like sandpaper on the underside of my nipple
We have gone to see two different lactation consultants, both of whom say that the latch looks good and that I should just have him suck on my finger and try to draw his tongue out. This doesn't seem to be helping.
I don't know what to do. I know he is getting enough milk... he was back up to his birth weight at 9 days. I get pretty engorged between feedings (every 2 to 3 hours) so I have started nursing on only one side at a feeding (seems to be helping the engorgement). I have a good supply and he is thriving, but I am so frustrated. I want to enjoy my new son, not dread every time he is hungry. It's all I think about. It's getting hard to see any hope. I don't want to give up... am trying to make it at least 6 weeks (everyone says everything is better at 6 weeks)... but I don't know if I can.
I hope someone might have a suggestion we haven't tried... or maybe just some hopeful thoughts.