I am about 3 days post partum with my second child. After a few attempts at getting him to latch on, my nipples got really sore and cracked. I tried to persevere through it, but it got to the point where I was screaming during our attempts and in terrible pain if I let him stay on. I didn't want to give up completely, so I spent today pumping and giving him the expressed milk in a bottle. Hopefully, that hasn't ruined my chances to have him latch on correctly. My nipples are still very sore, but I think they are getting better today and my milk came in this afternoon. The problem now is that I'm feeling terribly engorged and I'm not sure what my next step should be. Since the baby went practically all of yesterday without eating anything, I pumped about every 2 hours today and he gobbled up everything I gave him. Should I keep pumping at that schedule or is that what's causing the engorgement? Like, am I overproducing now because of all of the pumping? Would it be better to try to get him to latch on now that I know there's milk, even if that will probably still be very painful?
I successfully nursed my first for 9 months, so I know I can do this, but I'm really worried that I'm screwing things up by using the bottle already. Please help!