Continued nipple pain after 6 weeks....help!

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Hello everyone...this is my first time on a forum and I'm desperate for some advice.....My son was born nearly 8 weeks ago and breastfeeding has been difficult for us from the start. We were given bad advice from the hospital on day 2 where I was told to give my boy formula as my milk hadn't come in. For a couple of weeks then I was pumping and supplementing with formula (no lactation consultant was available). I then started to use nipple shields which were a godsend as I was finally able to get him onto my boob.
For the last 3 weeks we have been feeding skin to skin - initially the pain was so bad my toes were literally curling and I couldn't even bear to have my husband in the same room as it was so painful. The pain has gradually got better (blisters healed!) but over the last couple of days breastfeeding has become painful again. It's getting to the point where I'm dreading every feed and have started to think about stopping breastfeeding. Even writing this makes me feel totally defeated as breastfeeding was something I wanted to share with my son for at least a year...has anyone else had a painful breastfeeding experience...? Would love to hear from someone who has had a similar experience and recovered! Will it get better in the end?

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Rhian - posted on 12/01/2010

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Most people say it's a bad latch but I had the same pain for 2-3 months with bleeding and blisters. I know it wasn't a latch problem since she was eating fine. My theory is that I had innie nipples that she had to pull out and were extra sensitive. It got better and we nursed for 2 years

Carolyn - posted on 12/01/2010

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is the pain during the entire feed ? if you can describe it more it can help to offer more viable suggestions

it could be thrush or a bad latch.
you mentioned blisters, is there other nipple "trauma" as i call it ?

i had excrutiating pain for the first 3 seconds for about 2 1/2 months , made me want to scream everytime he latched. but basically it was the force of the milk coming out , and it went away !

i suggest googling breastfeeding videos for information on a correct latch, and do the same for thrush, hell just throw nipple pain in the search box and see what you come up with.

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