My son was born late preterm at 36w4d and is now 4 weeks and 5 days old. We nursed right from the beginning, but because he was so little and light we had to syringe feed him with formula for the first 3 days as well. I started pumping right away and as soon as my milk came in we used that instead of the formula. Because he was born early, he also had trouble latching on correctly, so we used a nipple shield (recommended by the lactation consultant) which worked great.
I am trying to wean him off the nipple shield now and he is doing okay. His latch is not great though, so my nipples look flat like a lipstick after he eats and they get pretty sore. I tried to pull on his chin to get his bottom lip curled, but it only works for a few seconds before he wiggles around again and goes back to his bad latch. I am pulling him off frequently to let him latch new, but it's not really working, so I end up letting him eat with the bad latch (after fighting him for 5 mins or so) even though I know I am not supposed to do that.
Do you have any tips for me that I could try to correct his latch? I don't want to go back to the shield just yet, but my nipples won't take this much longer. If I won't get it worked out by Sunday, I'll call the LC Monday. TIA!