hi. quick intro to the prob. my LO turned two weeks old on sunday. from the get go we had probs with latching and b-feeding. to make a long story short we went through 2 lactation consultants, a tongue tie procedure, bottle feeding breast milk and me pumping, and craniosacral therapy to help with a disaligment jaw. this all happened within the first week of LO being born. Now i'm using the nipple shield.
the nipple shield is working out ok for now.... i have been using it since last weds. i've already tried to offer the breast to him without it and he refuses...i keep hearing bad stuff about the nipple shield and it's making me worry. each feeding i put him on only one breast and then the next feeding the opposite breast. he spends about 10-15min on the breast. my breast feels soft afterwards AND his poopy/wet diaper output is good. 6-8 wet diapers and about 2 big blowouts of mustard yellow,curdy poo. so i'm assuming he's getting enough? we have an appointment to weigh him again next week.
now... as for pumping. when i was bottle feeding him i pumped every 2-3 hours to keep my supply up but now that he's on the nipple shield i haven't been. i just started today pumping in the morning. when should i pump now that he's on the nipple shield?? once?? still every 2-3 hours??
i don't want my supply go down (i keep reading that's one of the negs about nipple shield) and i don't quite know how much my LO is intaking. (i guess that's one of the positives feeding through a bottle, you know how many oz they're drinking)
any advice would be great!