Breastfeeding should not hurt ... ever! That's hard to believe, isn't it? Proper positioning and latch from the beginning is what prevents what we have been told is normal nipple pain from feeding a new baby. It should not be the norm. Please ask for a visit from the lactation consultant at your birthplace as soon as possible if you have any question about your baby's latch. Follow-up support once you go home can be a great boost for a good start as well. The first two weeks of breastfeeding a new baby are vital to establishing an enjoyable breastfeeding relationship and a plentiful milk supply. I understand how difficult it can be to get help if it requires getting yourself and baby out of the house. As a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), I have been trained to observe, assist and counsel normal challenges that may come with breastfeeding. Most issues can be resolved with adjustments to positioning and latch and with emotional encouragement, and this service comes to all of my doula clients along with their usual doula package. If I find any issues beyond my scope of practice, I will refer to the appropriate resources. I can connect anyone to our local IBCLC's who are available for insurance-covered in-home sessions as well. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to be connected to them or if you would like some phone support from me (no charge).
Reliable information online is such a valuable resource! Dr Jack Newman has great, short video segments of good latches, poor latches, sucking vs drinking, etc. available on his website. Check out his link below.