I gave birth to DD2 5 days ago, and you'd think having breastfed DD1 for 2 years, breastfeeding would be less of a challenge. Boy, was I wrong!
First of all, my left breast has a flat nipple while my right is totally normal. DD1 completely ignored my left breast when she was 3 months old so we just went on to nurse exclusively on the right side. The problem now is that DD2 is having trouble latching on to the left side. I dont have an LC anywhere near me, and I feel like I've tried everything! I've tried different positions and had some success with the football hold, but even in the rare occassions that she manages to latch on, I know the latch is too shallow because I'm always in excruciating pain! I tried a nipple shield, which DD2 hates and refuses to nurse when I have it on. I've tried pumping before feeding to pull the nipple out, but then she can't get her mouth open wide enough to get a good latch anyways.
I've resorted to just feeding her on the right side, which seems to be working well. She's getting lots of wet/dirty diapers so I know she's getting enough. The problem with that is the left side gets very very engorged. Last night I tried pumping for the first time, just to relieve some of the engorgement and to keep supply up, and I pumped next to nothing! Barely enough to cover the bottom of the bottle! I tried using my Medela Freestyle and an Avent manual pump with the same results.
I apologise for the length of this but I'm just so frustrated! What can I do? Why can't I pump anything? I know that things will start to get better once DD2 grows a bit more, but what do I do in the meantime? I feel like I'm at my wits end!