I need some assistance and any advice please! My baby is 13 days old and will NOT eat off of my right side, the nipple was flat but with some work with a pump I have been able to get it to come out a fair amount. I can get him to latch and it is a strong good latch but he sucks 2-3 times and pulls off and fusses, eventually it escalates the more I try and he starts to cry hard and will fuss even more once I get him close to my breast. He seemed to be latching fine on the left side however that side has a VERY bad crack that makes it way too painful to nurse, when I do try to get him to eat on the left side it usually ends up with either me crying from pain the whole time or both of us crying. I have worked with 3 different lactation consultants we have tried the cross cradle hold, football hold, plus the 'lying down' method. I have watched videos on baby led nursing and tried that but it still doesn't work. I attempt to get the baby on my right side but he just cries and cries, the last lactation consultant I met with was worried he was associating bad things with that side and that is part of the reason he won't nurse on the side now, which is why we tried the laid back nursing but he isn't responding to that really. How can I get him to latch on the right side? And how can I get my left side to heal quickly so that I can comfortably feed on that side? I have been pumping my right side and now am only hand expressing my left side because pumping it makes the crack break open.
Some people have recommended nipple shields possibly but I would be unsure what size to use, I have to use the 27 mm size breast shields on my pump, also I am unsure on whether to use a contact or regular shield.