My daughter is now 2 weeks old and I have been only breastfeeding her. I attempted breastfeeding my first child 9 years ago but only last maybe a week, if even that. It seems like my milk has come in. My daughter saw her PMD 2 days after being discharged from the hospital and has been gaining weight. She always has been having the normal amount of wet and dirty diapers. Until yesterday I was only able to breastfeed using the Avent nipple protector/shield for all feedings. Now I am able to nurse my daughter on my right breast without the shield. Although on the left breast I was having pain although tried to fight through it. The pain appears to be in my nipple and I was not able to bare it anymore therefore I have been nursing my daughter with the nipple protector on. I have attempted a few more times without the shield and have realized that the pain is when I have my daughter in the cradle or cross-cradle hold. I actually just attempted the football hold and the pain was very little then disappeared. I would love to be able to breastfeed on my left side without a shield. I would also love to go to the Breastfeeding Clinic offered by the hospital where I delivered my daughter although I am not able to drive for another 1.5 weeks and the clinic is only on wednesdays.
Why is it that I am able to nurse on my right breast with no difficulty but not my left. At first I thought it may be my daughters latch although I can hear her swallowing. I have applied lanolin to my nipples/areolas and have been using the shield until I feel that my left nipples are ready for another attempt. Please help me. I would really love to breastfeed my daughter without using a shield.