can't believe my little Juliet is three weeks old!
Thanks for the update, Emmy! I had been wondering how you are getting on.
As for the breastfeeding, you are so not alone. I think the majority of mums finds it difficult to start with, which is not helped by a baby who has difficulties too! I know some mums and babies just take to it; but for others it's a long rocky road.
But in answer to your question: Yes, it will get easier :) Once you get through this bit you will come out on the other side and all of a sudden it will be the easiest, most practical and wonderful thing to do. I had similar problems with my nips - sorry if TMI - they both got cracked/started bleeding after a few days, then got infected and the top layer of skin died off (so first I had black crusts, then raw flesh). This is why I was exclusively pumping for the first 5 weeks and only tried to latch him on with a LC to help me; about once a week. Once the infection started to clear up and the skin grew back, we practised latching on more often. Soon I would feed him off one side and still pump on the other, until I gradually replaced all the pumping with feeds. It took us 8 weeks to get it all figured out, but then it really went well and I BF'd til Teddy was 13 months without any further problems!
If you have a good LC to help you, that's the best thing you can do. Remember BFing is a learned skill for both you and baby. I know how exhausting the pumping and feeding can be when they demand so much in the early weeks - just get as comfy as you can; I think I caught up witha few seasons of LOST in those weeks where I'd sit on the sofa for hours on end just BFing and pumping!
Juliet looks such a sweetie; enjoy the time now as much as you can (even though it seems hard) - you will soon have forgotten all about how difficult it was :)