Good Afternoon, and thanks in advance for any advice.
My daughter is 4.5 weeks old and is EBF. No artificial nipples.
My nipples are sore, and I believe it is due to a poor latch. My daughter never opens her mouth wide to latch on. This results in a small, pinch-y latch. Her lips are curled in instead of out. I can tease out her upper lip usually, but can't reach the lower lip. I think this is causing the semi-circle of pinching pain I feel below my nipple while she nurses.
Also, as she dozes off at the end of most sessions, she allows my nipple to slip forward/out until she is only holding my nipple in her mouth...then when she comfort sucks it is a horrible chomping on my nipple. So I reach in and break the suction when she does this to spare myself some pain. But now whenever I touch her face or lips during a nursing session, she sucks frantically because I think she's anticipating me breaking the latch.
Is there a way to encourage her to open her mouth wide to latch on? I have tried tickling her upper or lower lip, which just causes her to desperately "air nurse" with a small mouth and sometimes she catches my nipple and "slurps" it in, which is awful. It is so hard to wait for her to open her mouth wider, and I've become afraid of the pain, so I find myself pulling my nipple away from her instead of drawing her in to latch. This unintentional teasing makes her even more upset.
I see her open her mouth so wide when she yawns, and I actually feel jealous that she won't do that to nurse.
Thanks for any help, I'm looking forward to enjoying nursing my daughter.