Merry Xmas all. My LO is 9 days old and we've had some initial problems with bf, which I thought were all sorted. She seems to be latching on fine now and the midwives agree the latch is good, however my nipples are becoming very sore - to the point where i'm beginning to dread the feeds. The pain is intense (brings me to tears) when she begins sucking but passes after a few mins. I'm wondering if I should use nipple shields for a couple of days to let the nipples heal? I've heard so many bad things about using the shields that I'm worried I could be making the problem worse. I would love some advice from Mum's that have been through this pain. Is it natural? Are nipple shields ok in small doses? I've tried different positions but because they are already cracked the pain isn't going to go away until they've healed. It's really starting to get me down. Would appreciate your advice.