Hi everyone. I'm new to this site. I'm hoping someone will have some suggestions or advice.
My newborn was tongue tied, but we got the surgery to correct this. Unfortunately we didn't discover this until there was already substantial damage to my nipples, especially the right one. I gave this side a day and a half to rest, and now my newborn will not latch without a nipple shield on this side. Even with the shield, she doesn't really like it and only will suck for ten minutes or less before crying in frustration.
Also, I feel like using the nipple shield on the right is teaching her bad technique, as now it takes her several painful attempts to latch on to the left side too now. I'm sure this has also been caused by our giving her bottles of expressed milk from the neglected breast.
I'm just not sure what to do at this point...Give up on the right all together? And if so, should I still pump on the right? But then I would still likely have to give her that milk from a bottle which would continue the nipple confusion. (She seems to lose half the milk if we cup feed her.)
Does anyone have any advice or had any similar experiences?