Brady's 6 weeks old and my nipples still hurt. 

Let me back up a little bit.  Because he was born prematurely I had to pump and feed him through a bottle or  use a nipple shield.  2 weeks ago he finally was able to latch on and eat without the use of a nipple shield.  Now I think he's nipple confused because he doesn't know how to properly latch on, I think that's the problem anyway.  I thought I could suffer through this but I just don't know.  I try to explain to my husband just how painful this is but I don't think he gets it.  I hurt so badly that I really am contemplating giving up, finishing up with what's been pumped and then using formula OR just pumping (which hurts too, but not as badly) and feeding him with a bottle.  I've seen a lactaction consultant and 2 other doctors but all they say is to work on his latch and to apply this miracle nipple cream.  I'm doing all of this and nothing is helping.  I've also tried numbing my nipples with ice but that hurts too when they're thawing out in his mouth, this sucks!!!!!!!!  I've nursed two other children and this is the first time I've ever had any problems.

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icn_mom
Feb. 3, 2008 at 10:48 AM I know how frustrating this must be for you. especially when no one seems to understand. one of the biggest problems with latch is that the baby isnt getting enough of the areola in his/her mouth. try and have your husband check and see how much is there. breastfeeding is a beatiful thing and should never be painful. so if you are still having problems after trying that little trick shown above think about this. now that you are nursing are you still pumping? you may have excess milk that needs to be expressed. i know that used to kill me trying to breastfeed with too much milk in my breast. hope this was helpful

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lizzeh
Feb. 3, 2008 at 11:01 AM I had pain when I was first breastfeeding my daughter. Especially the first 2 weeks or so as both me and my daughter were learning how to breastfeed. You're doing a good job, mama.

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Kari777
Feb. 3, 2008 at 11:19 AM Mine hurt for two months. Have you tried the lanolin cream? It really helped. I wanted to give up, too. Just try to hang in there. I know some say breastfeeding shouldn't hurt, but sometimes it does during the first weeks. There is a breastfeeding support group at LMH every Monday at 10am. It's really great to talk with other moms who are going through the same thing you are.

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celeb...
Feb. 4, 2008 at 7:34 AM I had this problem with my first baby, mine were so badly hurt that they would bleed. I felt like no one would help me so I ended up quiting as soon as we left the hospital. With my second I was able to nurse for about three weeks. I quit just because I didn't like feeling like I was always nursing. I'm not planning on nursing any other children I have at all.

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