I've been working with an LC and BF specialist MD, and we have determinedthat she needs to grow biger before she will be able to latch well enough to effectively transfer milk from my very large nipples.
I know this is the issue, my nipples are too large for nipple sheilds - they don't make them big enough. And I know she doesn't transfer much milk from me bc she never actively sucks without the sns. In fact when bare nursing
She will do about 10 or so flutter sucks and then a swallow. We've also done a pre and post weight, and she gets about .01 oz in a 20 min. Nursing session.
Now, I'm basically eping and using the sns 2 to 3 times a day (the MD recomended this so I don't exhaust myself and waste my time). I also try to comfort nurse when I know she's tired and wants to go to sleep. But I have a sore on my nipple from the bad latch (yes only 1 sore bc the other nipple is even bigger so I don't even try that sside yet).
But my question is to those othe large nippled mommies, how did you teach your LO to effectively nurse? Mine is 7 going on 8 weeks ( I can still tell they are too large). My sister had a similare issue until 6 weeks (hers aren't as big as mine). I'm also post reduction, but if I pump enough I will get barely enough 20 to 24 oz a day. I know thaat if she nurses I would prob definatly have enough milk (pluse in theory its easier). I was never able to get my sone to latch on and EPed for 11 months.
Please share your experiences with me and for others!
UPDATE: I am going to repose the question in hope to get more answers. Basically I want some advise on how to teach a 2 or 3 month old how to get a good latch. Until then I'm just letting her suck on the nipple(bc that's all that will fit). When her mouth is big enough she'll need to learn proper latch and suction, but only after months of bad latching and LOTS of bottles!
Please, does anyone have advice???