Christina - posted on 07/10/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )
I have been exclusively breastfeeding my new daughter for six weeks now. She is getting plenty to eat and is growing like a weed! However, I'm still experiencing a great deal of pain when she latches on. I am almost 100% sure that she is latching correctly because after a few moments, the pain goes away and I'm comfortable. Also, I am not cracked or bleeding. But that initial latch-on is just unbearably painful (and this is coming from someone who had a natural childbirth - I know pain!). It's this piercing, dreadful pain that usually leaves me in tears. I'm finding myself dreading to breastfeed because of the pain and my dreams of breastfeeding for a year are seeming more and more distant. :(
I plan to continue using lanolin, but this doesn't seem like a permanent solution. It helps for awhile, but having to wipe it off before baby's frequent feedings ends up irritating my nipples further. I'm going to meet with a lactation consultant soon as well. In the meantime, I'm looking for ideas and advice. Anyone else ever experienced this? What helped? Does it get better later? Any help would be so appreciated!