I'm just curious how long it took for your nipples to feel more comfortable with BFing? I know he's latching properly, but holy moly does it hurt at first. My nipples aren't cracked/bleeding or anything to suggest thrush, they're just sore. With DD, I think the shield kept me from feeling a lot of that initial discomfort with DD (she used the shield until 9 months and BF'd until 18 months). I can deal with it, I am just hoping it goes away within the next week or so.
With my son it was less than 2 weeks, but he had a minor latching issue (was giving my lipstick nipple). I want to say Erin said it was 6 weeks with her daughter? Usually it's a sign that something it off, but it's not unheard of to not figure it out if nothing else is going on. Usually it resolves itself as the baby gets bigger. ((hugs))
With Marek it was somewhere in between 2 and 3 weeks. The engorgement made latching the most uncomfortable in the beginning though, ouch!
I hope your soreness starts to fade soon. Are you using Lansinoh at all? That was super soothing, wish I would have used it as consistently with Kostas! LOL
Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12
I definitely lived with lanolin on my nips with Aiden!!!
With all three of my kiddos it was in the 6 week mark. Two of them have recently had lip-tie fixes.. the middle child does not have one according to our dentist and none of them have tongue ties (according to a few doc and dental people.. but I'm still not convinced that there isn't a form of tongue tie).
When thinking of physical issues with the baby.. I also remembered that someone said red haired women or fair skinned women seem to have more sensitive nipples when it comes to breast feeding pain. Are you either? I have natural red highlights in my dark brown hair and my daughter came out a red-head, so I'm thinking that may also be a contributing factor for me.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Mine were also a bit soar at first this time around. It didnt last more than a couple days or so though. I agree with the other ladies, lanison is a must. Also, the soothie breast pads (i think thats what they are called) that you put in the fridge are great. Hang in there, it will get better
Janelle- I think it has more to do with the pigment and size of your areolas and nipples. Mine are very very dark and rather large (tmi, I know). The only time I havehad any sort of issue was with my first, who had a major latch problem at first, the time I got a major case of thrush, and then just at the beginning this time... Not sure why. Otherwise I honestly dont feel much when Im nursing.
I dont have an answer but Caleb is going to kill me its so painful. Plus I dont hear him swallow much. Hayden, who couldnt nurse unt the last few days, doesnt seem to hurt me at all. If it wasnt for him I wouldnt know that breastfeeding could be anything but excrutiating. I am going to meet with a LC this week though I will need to find a non-judgemental problem solving one. Anyway, just can empathize. Hope you get things figured out soon. Nothing worse than sore nipples. Though at least your little one is gaining well!!