We are having some problems breastfeeding and I'd really like some advice.
We had a very difficult birth (30 hours followed by a c-section) which resulted in my breasts becoming swollen. Between the swelling and my milk coming in in abundance, my nipples became flattened which prevented my baby from being able to latch on. We went to a lactation consultant and she set us up with an SNS system and a nipple shield so that he could eat at the breast and we could monitor how much milk he was getting (he was losing weight so it was important to make sure he was getting enough).
We made it through those early days and now, at two and a half weeks we are feeding directly from my nipple.
His latch looks perfect from the outside (flanged lips, my entire (small) areola is in his mouth) and he eats happily. BUT it hurts! And when he finishes my nipple is compressed into the lipstick shape everyone talks about.
I've been reading about this and it sounds like we need to get a deeper latch - to get the nipple further back into his mouth. But how do I do that? I've tried just about every position possible and we've tried letting him latch himself of and making a breast sandwich and trying to get as much as possible into his mouth. So far, it's still hurting and we're still getting the lipstick shape.
I would LOVE to hear any suggestions that you may have on how to help us!