Pain Pain Pain! Issues: Excruciating pain for 9 weeks!
I decided to read this thread to see if anyone else had the bf-ing issue that I had, but it doesn't look like it. For me, breastfeeding hurt. Really, really hurt. I cried when my son nursed. I dreaded it. I thought that his latch MUST be wrong. I consulted 2 lactation consultants, and neither could find anything wrong. I used lamisil (sp?), soothies, and shields. But until I dosed up on Ibuprofen, and stayed dosed, the pain did not diminish. This went on for 9 weeks before I was able to stop with the Ibuprofen. I was taking a ridiculous amount every day (but not more than the Dr. OK'd.). It was the ONLY thing that allowed me to successfully BF for 11 months. (Ds then weaned himself all on his own the day he turned 11 months. I wasn't ready, but he clearly was. I continued to pump and give him bmilk through a bottle until he turned one.)
Thankfully I had a supportive family, and I was absolutely determined. But it was really hard. If anyone else is having this issue, please don't hesitate to ask your Dr. about Ibuprofen. After the first 9 weeks, breastfeeding was a breeze for me, and I am SO glad that I stuck it out.