I am a first time mommy who gave birth to her son last Saturday (7/14.) My little guy was having a tough time with latching/sucking in the hospital. He didn't eat the first day, but seemed to have a routine using a nipple shield (I have small nipples that were not coming out.) Once we got, home - my breasts became engorged and it was impossible to feed. I thought he was getting some milk with the shield - but we found out that he lost too much weight. I had to move to breast pumping which I have been able to supply 80% of his needs - but it is getting really hard to be motivated to pump and then have to feed with a bottle. I have been emotional about the situation - but have found that when I sleep I am less upset or feel that I have failed.
I am wondering if others have experienced this and found that they can still breastfeed after baby hasn't seen or used the breast for a period of time. I am planning on setting up time with a lactation consultant early next week - but needed some motivation before then. I would appreciate any help/advice on this. I am when feeding trying to skin to skin with his face and some part of my body (he loves being swaddled so i usually have him wrapped up.)
Thank you in advance for helping a new mommy who really wants to breastfeed!