Lo is now almost 3 weeks. Bfing as been a challenge from day 1. He was a little early (37 weeks) and a little "lazy" at the boob (kept on falling asleep). He kept on latching on, suckled two or three times, then let go and screamed and/or fell asleep. My nipples were a little flat (and by the second day they were cracked and bleeding) and he's a little tt so the lc at my hospital told me to use a shield. However, the shield is giving him gas (and it's so messy). He also has bad reflux (he's on prevacid now). Despite all that, he's gained weight and is on track.
I was able to wean him off the shield last week and had a couple of days of bfing without it.
However, for the past two days, he's been pinching/biting so hard that I can't take it any more. I always end up screaming and crying and this is not what I think bfing should be. I know bfing can be hard but it should never feel like torture. I've come a long way and I've pushed through the pain so far... I don't want to give up but I don't know what to do.
He's getting his frenulum clipped tomorrow but a lc online told me I might need to take him to a speech pathologist so he can give me some oral rehab exercises to do. Well, I don't really have the money to see all those specialists (the C section surgery was expensive enough as it is).
Any advice on what to do about the clamping? Can I teach a 3 week-old baby how not to bite (he does seem to take in more than the nipple, he also takes in my aureola so the latch "looks" good from the outside)? Can someone give me some age-appropriate exercises I can do after his frenulum gets clipped tomorrow to improve his latch?
I had to give him some expressed milk in a bottle last night because I was literally shaking (and crying) at the idea of having to bf him and I pumped, but I don't want to have to do that all the time. I also went back to the nipple shield this morning as it seems to help a little with the pain (barely bearable). Please help me. I don't want to give up bfing...