Someone mentioned that there was a forum around here specifically for support for pregnant nursing mamas, but I can't find it, so someone feel free to redirect me if there's a better place for this . . .
I'm almost 19 wks pg, nursing my 2.5 yo ds 3 times a day (wake-up, nap, bedtime). When he latches on, it is STILL excrutiating. I feel like I am being attacked by a shark every time he latches on! It's all I can do to not cry out. I gasp, dig my nails into my arm, pull the hair at the base of my neck, all to keep from pulling away or vocalizing. I go numb after about 1 minute, but afterward, I have rings of teeth marks around my areola. (but still the pain is only during that initial latch-on and warm-up)
Is this going to subside or is this my existence from now until baby #2 arrives? I am definitely prone to soreness . . . had horrible soreness for the first 6 wks post-partum, then when AF returned at 5 mos, had LOTS of pain with ovulation every month, like clockwork. We have been checked NUMEROUS times by lactation consultants, and there's no thrush or problem with the latch. So I'm farly certain it's just hormonal.
Is there any hope? (BTW, can't talk to ds about it any more -- he tries to be gentle, tries not to use his teeth, opens wide, etc, etc) Is there anything I can do?!?
Committed, but sore,