Hey y'all, thanks in advance for your help...
2 weeks ago, I delivered my twin boys via c-section. The birth went well, I was able to breast feed immediately, they roomed in with me, etc. but from the very beginning, I've struggled with their latch. I don't end up with just lipstick nipples... They're straight up flat and creased by the time they get done.
I've tried lots of things to fix this. I've been using a nipple shield to protect my nipples a bit, but they're starting to feel bruised even with the shield. I saw an IBCLC a week ago, and she confirmed that my supply was low, and that they were clamping down. She helped me with positioning, and I've been using those tips, but still not having much luck. She recommended cranial sacral therapy, which we've been seeing a chiropractor for, but it doesn't seem to be helping a whole lot.
Their pediatrician recommended 1 oz of formula after nursing since my supply kinda stinks, and I've been doing that part of the day, as well as pumping afterward. I'm also taking fenugreek. I think my supply has gotten better, but the pain is making it unbearable.
I feel like I'm about a few days from just saying "to heck with it" and just pumping what I can to add to their formula. I feel like one of them has NO idea how to latch at all, and I don't think he ever will. I feel completely hopeless about it. I nursed my daughter for 15 months, and I was hoping to do the same with these guys. She had a bad latch too, but it worked itself out and I was able to ditch the nipple shield after about 3 days. It's been 2 weeks this time, so far.
I'm not very hopeful that anyone will be able to help at this point, but maybe one of you have had a similar experience? I just kinda feel like I'm losing my mind here. Sorry for any typos, I'm on an iPad and having a rough time typing.
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