if your baby is only latching to the small part of the nipple, the pain is going to be excruciating! make sure he or she is latched properly, with his or her mouth completely around the big part of the nipple and some boob in his or her mouth. finding a good position might help for better latching for the two of you.
i agree lanolin cream is great for cracked nipples. you can also pump some to relieve the engorged feeling, and take a warm shower, not only will it help increase production but it's also brings relief. try not to let any milk dry onto your breasts, as that will make them become sticky. always wear a breastpad in your bra, so your bra doesn't stick to your boob. i had to peel my boob away from my bra enough times to learn that the hard way :(
GOOD LUCK! have you joined the breastfeeding group on here? great advice in there!
at 4:22 PM on Nov. 18, 2010