I've been BFing my daughter since birth. Because she was early, we used a nipple shield for the first 9-9.5 months. During that time, I could get her to latch without the shield occasionally but it took her a while to give it up.
When she gave up the shield at 9-9.5 months, everything was cake--she ate efficiently and I had barely any soreness. No cracking or anything that you would get with a newbie.
Recently though, my nipples have been awfully sore. At first I thought it was just from her teething as she has chomped a few times, but even when her latch is great it's bothersome. Today I noticed they were sore when I was adjusting my top to nurse her.
Anyone else dealt with this? I don't think I have an infection as my breasts seem fine otherwise.