Re: Shallow latch and no support
Man does this sound familiar! We had such a difficult time getting the latch right with my LO for the first month. The thing that saved us was seeing a LC multiple times and using a Moby. The Moby really helped with the crying. The first time or 2 that I put her in it she was still a little fussy but once she got use to it she loved it. She seemed very content in it and took many, many naps in it. I too gave my LO formula 2 nights because I was in so much pain from a shallow latch and just needed a couple of hours break. I still produced enough milk but I was also still nursing at least every 2 to 3 hours. As long as you're still having some discomfort, I would use nipple butter all the time to help heal quicker. The pp has some good advice so I won't restate all that. I just wanted you to know that I feel your pain. My biggest advice is to do everything you can to get the latch better even if it means unlatching and putting her back to the breast multiple times. A shallow latch can affect the amount of bm that the baby gets. So when LO doesn't get as much bm because of the latch, your body will think that's all LO needs and not produce as much. The more she gets, the more you will produce. There were many nights when I would just give up on getting the right latch because I was so exhausted from the constant struggle and depressed that bfing wasn't how I envisioned it to be in the beginning. Hang in there! It will get better. Hugs to you mama!
Mom to TRH born 2/16/11 - 8lbs 7oz., 21in.