My DD is almost 4 weeks old and we have been struggling since day 1 with breastfeeding. This is my 3rd child and I have had issues with all 3. The first 2 were tongue tied, one correctable by getting it clipped, the other was not. I had to exclusively pump for my 2nd which was such a pain and I'm hoping not to have to with this one!
After my DD was born, she had to go to the nicu for low oxygen levels. Because of that (and I was a csection), I did not see her for the first 12 hours and she was given a bottle. When I was finally able to bf her for the first time, I could tell she was not latching correctly and she was very upset each time we tried because she wasn't getting that immediate milk anymore. However we continued to try every 2 hours but she was still fussy so the nurses supplemented with formula.
Upon arriving home, my nipples began to bleed and were cracked. I could tell her latch was bad and she wasn't getting much, so I started using a nipple shield and pumping after each feeding. So that's what we have been doing the past 3 weeks. She feeds with the shield very sleepily for 15 mins each side, not getting very much, then I pump, then I bottle feed her that, which she gulps down like she's starving. This past week I decided to try to latch her without shield because our whole feeding process takes an hour and with 2 other kids, it's difficult! So she latched okay (still pretty shallow with mostly nipple, but her lips and tongue were at least good position), and began gulping milk from me, and I was super excited, but then she only lasted 2-3 mins per side and then refused to latch back on. So I'm still pumping and offering that because she acts hungry after. Now even with shild, she will only nurse 5 mins per side. So somehow that has made things worse!!! Also, it takes her 2-3 mins to latch per side, with or without shield. She bobs her head around for awhile and latches and unlatches multiple times. At this point, I'm just at a loss of what to do! Please help!