Re: In desperate need of some help!
I wish I could turn back the clock and not have had the first LC mess with your confidence by giving you a nipple shield and labeling your nipples as"flat"
it's the infant's suck that elongates the nipple, and elongation of the nipple is key to milk production and to painless nursing.
A nipple shield prevents these two important physical events from occurring.
However babies imprint quickly on whatever is placed in their mouths associated with nutrition.
So that is why your infant resist latching w/o the shield in place.
can you achieve the breastfeeding relationship of your dreams? Absolutely!!!
What can help is..
1. hospital rental double pump
2.an at breast supplemental feeding system , called a Lact-aide or SNS
3. a knowledgeable hands on lactation professional IBCLC and a LLL Leader who makes house visits who can be there for moral support
The IBCLC can help you with all the gadgets and can weigh the baby, check for thrush, tongue tie, latch issues. She can help re-train your infant to suckle.
In the mean time, you can read up on infant suck training, weaning from the nipple shield and re-establishing a milk supply.
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DD#2 April 1988 c/sec
DS#3 April 1990 VBAC
DS#4 June 1993 VB
DD#5 April 2001 c/sec
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