I'm a 3rd time mum that b'fed my first two really well. Had my 3rd a week ago and he's smaller than the 1st 2 with a tiny mouth and I've realised I have extra large nipples.
He's ripped them to shreds due to me not latching him on well, but my nipple alone is nearly the size of his tiny mouth. He shakes his head from side to side and won't open his mouth when I try to latch him, so it got to the point where I was hovering for half an hour trying to work up the courage to put him on and then screaming when I did. I have better and worse times (sometimes I don't scream) but its painful all the time.
At some advice I've taken a couple days off to let my nipples heal/rest and giving him expressed milk, but all thats doing is making me cry every time I see him, don't know whether to keep him on a bottle til his mouth grows a bit or whether that will damage our bond even further. Will call a lactation counsellor today for some extra help too
I'm using expressed milk for my nipples, lansinoh, tried shields but they make my nipples even bigger for his poor little mouth. Has anyone else had this problem? I just have trouble seeing a light at the end of the tunnel at the minute
Just to add, that both nipples have chunks out of them (is that what you call cracks?) bubs has vomited up blood from my nipple, when finished I have lipstick nipples (the point comes up where the chunks are missing) The top of my nipples are light pink and raw and the slightest touch (even hair across my boobs) makes me jump in pain. I even have trouble just holding him to me. The pain is sharp razor blades and goes throughout the feeds, then my boobs just hurt afterward