Hwaterhouse this is the really tricky part. Once the damage is done to nipples the feeds can be so painful, even if no further damage is being done.
A couple if things that worked for me:
- express with your hand til the flow starts and for a bit afterwards til it hurts less. This can relax the nipple and you can be as gentle as you need to be, before bubs then goes at it like a mad thing!!
- Lansinoh cream rubbed into nipples after each feed. This stops nipple from drying out and promotes healing
- lots of air time for nipples: get them out whenever you can!
Once you have gotten on top of the damage already done it will get much easier.
You poor thing, that sucks. I really wish they kept you in for longer - seems cruel to send you home before milk has even come in xx