Hi there! I just had my baby girl on Tuesday. She's my 4th baby. I was unable to bf my first son, or my twins due to various reasons. However, I am determined to get this little girl, as with the twins only being 21 months, pumping time is extremely limited.
So far, she seems to have a decent suck, it's a combination of her latch, small mouth and my nipples that have me wondering where we're going wrong. She pretty much refuses my left breast totally, which is inverted, even with a nipple shield she doesn't do well with it. I always offer it first though, My right, if she can get on, she does well with, however, due to a bad latch for the first night, I have some blistering and bruising, so was told to use the shield there as well. Without the shield, it seems like she just can't get my whole nipple in her mouth and it ends up that she gets half of it in her mouth and then sucks it into a peak, which is where the blistering etc is.
She's a tiny thing, 6lbs 4oz coming home, and my nipples are very large. I am not sure if using the shield is benefiting me or harming me, as I can only find a 24mm and no larger in my town or online and for my pump I use 27mm. So, due to all of the above, my breasts are getting very full, and engorged and I have pumped some to releive pressure after feeding her, but I don't want to increase my supply before she needs it. Is it ok to pump what's left off to relieve the pressure and soreness? I know it's just a waiting game till she learns to do what she needs to do and for my nipples to toughen up a bit, but I feel like there's something I'm missing. She's not up to the daily diapers yet, but the lactation consultant explained that it goes by how many days old she is, for the first week, so I am not overly worried at this point. She's not jaundiced at all and she, if allowed to, will sleep up to 5 hours between feeds, which I put a stop to.
I just am so unsure about it all. I am going to see a lactation consultant today, but wanted to ask here as well, as I know you ladies know your stuff too. Thanks for anything you can offer for advice!