Hello! This is my first post here, and let me apologize in advance because I am sure it will be lengthy. My son will be 4 weeks on Thursday, and we have had trouble bfing from day one. The LC told me I have "halfway" flat nipples, so I started using a shield on the first day. I eventually got him to latch on without the use of a shield, but only if I used a syringe with water or expressed BM squirted in his mouth. These feedings generally started with me trying to get him latched on for about the first 15 minutes (which include him crying as well as myself crying) We EBFed for about the first week and a half or maybe the full two weeks. It got to the point where my body would literally shake with pain, not only when he latched, but during the whole feeding. The last week I have just been pumping and feeding it to him from the bottle, simply because I could not handle the pain. I have done everything I can think of to try and "fix" his latch, but I am not even sure there is anything wrong with it! I have tried different holds, tried watching to make sure he is getting enough of the nipple in his mouth, pulling his chin down when he is latched, and I am sure there is more I am not thinking of. Everything seems good when he is latched on, I just dont know where the error is coming from.
I have been supplementing him with formula at night over the past week, simply because I wasnt able to pump enough to keep up with his needs. I really want to get back to EBFing, but is it going to be possible for me to overcome this extreme pain that I cant even figure out the cause of?
Sorry if this seems like a rambling mess, I just have a million things running through my head trying to figure this mess out. I really, really want this to work out. I had great regret of not BFing my older son for longer (I made it to a week with him) so I promised myself I would try everything in my power to make it work out this time.
Any tips, suggestion, or help would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!!!