Hello! I need some help and encouragement here. My son is 2.5weeks old and I am struggling with a severely cracked (very deep cracks) nipple! I have nursed 2 other children just fine - and know what I am doing...but recently found out that my newborn was tongue tied (which explains my cracks). He was recently fixed by clipping his tongue - although the cracks aren't healing very quickly. They are very deep. He also struggles to eat very relaxed on that side because of my overactive let down- he gulps and then is in pain from the bubbles and wrenches his head back and forth! ouch!!!
I started pumping that side last night because I can't take the pain anymore. I then feed him the bottle after he nurses off of my pain-free side - which doesn't produce nearly as much milk as my cracked side.
My questions are: am I supposed to be able nurse him on my cracked side - pain free if he is latched on properly? Or do I need to have the cracks completely heal before I feel no pain? I've done everything that has been recommended to help heal the cracks, but they are still there! How long does it take? HELP!!!