|so, whats going on with the nipple pain? hows his latch? does he have tongue tie? even slightly? are you blanching? what kind of pain is it?
are you seeing an IBCLC?
sorry to barrage you qith questions, but to get to the source, and get the solution to your probs we need to ask all sorts of questions.
how old is your son? how often are you nursing? for how long?
The nipple pain is by far the worst during nursing, and lasts the entire feeding at a constant level. Nipples are pink and hypersensitive at all times. I would describe it as feeling kind of like he is nursing with a mouthful of blunt thumbtacks. No cracks or sores. Nipples are sometimes slightly blanched after nursing and at random other times, also sometimes purplish. Color does not seem to connect to the pain level.
I saw an IBCLC at 2 weeks and she said his latch was great. I am not sure I think this is still so. I need to see her again. He looks okay from the outside, at least, but I wonder if something funky is going on with his tongue or palate. She did check him for tongue-tie, but I don't know how thoroughly.
I have been treated aggressively for thrush twice and had my milk cultured for bacteria (nothig).
He is 2 months old. He nurses at least 8 times a day, and more often 10. Feeds are almost always 30-45 minutes long at least and he rarely seems really 100% satisfied...although he does sleep a 5-6 hour stretch at night (can't figure that one out). He is a very mellow baby...perhaps too mellow, in this case. He may just be used to not really getting enough. I am doing breast compressions now that I know his weight is low.
I have started taking fenugreek (started Sunday) and am pumping during his long sleep stretch. I think my supply may be increasing a little.
The weird and baffling thing is that I had exactly the same issues with DD. We were told the issue was a high "bubble" palate. I can tell this baby's palate is not as high, but nursing feels sooo similar.