"Though some tenderness during the first few days is relatively common, this should be a temporary situation which lasts only a few days and should never be so bad that the mother dreads nursing." - Pediatrics.About.com
"Breastfeeding should not hurt." - US Department of Health and Human Services PDF
LIES. ALL LIES.
Eventually, breastfeeding should not hurt. I am happily at that point now. But that "some tenderness"? Or the "gentle pulling sensation" I read described elsewhere? Yeah, maybe for some women, but "pain that makes your toes curl" is also normal. It was probably worst for me the first week, but that seems like a really long time when you're looking at toe-curling pain every 2-3 hours.
I had this problem with Spud. Trying to breastfeed him kept hurting. His latch looked okay, but "breastfeeding should not hurt," so I'd pull him off and try to latch him again. And again. And again. Eventually, we saw a lactation consultant who said, "His latch is fine."
"But it hurts!" I said. "I read that it's not supposed to hurt."
"You have a baby gnawing on your sensitive bits," the consultant said. "Of course it's going to hurt."
Also, what appears to be my hyperlactation (aka "damn near drowning the baby") is starting to resolve itself. Which is good, because I think Ben is learning to be a lazy nurser - why suck if the milk will just stream into your mouth?
On the other hand, this could be my last chance to write my name in the snow. Heaven knows we have plenty of snow.