As a mom who breastfed two children for their first 18 months of life, I can tell you that the process often gets off to a rocky start. I've experienced my fair share of sore nipples and practically lived with a tub of shea butter on my nightstand. But once I learned how to set them up for a successful latch, it was smooth sailing until they discovered that peas and apples tasted much better. If you're preparing to nurse your newborn, you should understand how to know if baby is latching correctly so breastfeeding doesn't end up causing you more pain than pleasure.
In the first days and weeks of breastfeeding, you and your baby may experience some growing pains as you work to find your nursing groove. Since only one of you has the ability to talk, you'll have to rely on lots of nonverbal cues to let you know that things are going well and they're getting enough milk. Fortunately, there are plenty of signs to watch for in your baby and your own breasts that will indicate that they're in the best position to fill up on your breast milk.
When your baby is on your breast, the movement of their lips, jaws, and ears can let you know that everything is working properly. And when they're done, your nipples should not look or feel like they've been run over by a car. It may take a little practice, but eventually the right latch will be like second nature to your little one. And you'll be able to enjoy that special mommy-baby time without pain.