Abigail is 2 months old now. She was born at 33wks4d (placenta previa threatening). She had no concerns at all, just needed to stay in the NICU until she was feeding on her own and proving she was gaining. I was able to breastfeed from the start, and I have no supply issues either. We were given a nipple shield to help with her latch as her mouth was so tiny.
I'm still using the nipple shield and supplementing with my EBM as she needs after most feeds (about 1/2oz each feed). Our dr said we should wean off the shield and then stop the supplements. I think she's lazy with latching now without the shield. She doesn't open her mouth very far, certainly not the huge "yawn" newborns are supposed to do. She seems to be getting lots of milk with little trouble, but after the feed my nipple has a slight lipstick shape to it, so I'm thinking that's a bad latch? Not sore yet, but slightly uncomfortable sometimes when she nurses. What should I do?
I'm getting super tired of dealing with the nipple shield and supplementing and pumping and I really hope to be done with all that and nursing normally soon! Also at this moment just very frustrated that she's not nursing well even with the shield. Sometimes she clicks very loudly while nursing, mostly at night when she's not completely with it, and her shirt gets wets on the shoulder, so I don't think she has a good seal. Don't know what to do about that either.
sorry for the length of this. I've never had nursing problems, and I know these are probably minor, but I'm burning out here.