I second what everyone said about finding an expert and having the baby checked for lip tie or tongue tie.
But...I want to add...if you don't end up breastfeeding for some reason, you are not a failure or a bad mom. Your child is not going to hate you or be unhealthy his whole life. He will be fine. Something I have learned this time around is that every baby and every situation is different. I've nursed three babies. The last one sucked but I pushed through the pain and did it anyway. This time I couldn't do it. I didn't have it in me. Pushing through the pain wasn't good for us this time. It's stinks. We all know breast is best...but it's not the only way. I don't feel like a failure at all at this point. I feel like I tried to nurse, assessed the situation, and made an appropriate decision for me and the baby and DH. Next baby might be different- I might be in a good mental place and situation to push through the pain and nurse.
Hang in there! Breastfeeding IS hard and early difficulties and pain seem to be the norm (even though all the literature and many advocates make it sound like its so simple).
And postpartum hormones are the devil. Eventually they will even out and you will feel human again.
Corrie, "trad" Catholic, wife to DH and Mom to DD (4/07), DS (2/09), DD (2/11), DD (4/13), two angel babies.
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