So...nursing is going pretty well. DS is growing like a weed--6 weeks and already I'm thinking we might need size 2 dipes. I still have pain in my nipples though, especially the left. I've tried and tried to fix his shallow latch and his chomping due to OALD to no avail. The LC I saw was helpful but she said that he just has a tight mouth (not a tongue tie) and a hard suck and, in gentler terms, basically said he'll grow bigger and I just have to [wo]man-up. We nurse (mostly) comfortably on the right though for some reason. It's the left that is killing me.
So here's the thing: I will have to go back to work eventually (not til January though) and DH and the LC both say it's time to give a bottle to make sure DS knows how to drink from it when I need to be gone more than a few hours, for work or for social reasons now that he's a bit older. I am also a bit worried about DH. Yesterday he didn't hold the baby at all, and when I tried to get him to hold him after the night feeding he was all, "nah, I'll hold him tomorrow." I'd like him to start giving bottles for bonding reasons.
So this morning as I was grimacing from the chomping it occurred to me... what if I nurse on the right, as usual, and pump the left and give bottles at the feedings he'd have normally nursed on the left? I might even increase the number of right-side nursings from 3-4 to, say, 5 and give 2-3 bottles. And if it doesn't work, I'd go back to what we've been doing (block nursing R, R, L, L per the LC's advice).
I was an EP-er for nearly 7 months with DD, so I have no problem responding to a pump. And if we're out and about I'd just nurse on the left side rather than pack bottles. But day-to-day, can I do this? Is there some reason this would be a bad idea?