so, i have my 2 week old guy (after being in labor for literally a month....) and i was able to nurse him immediately after he was born. that was the best, and last, easy feed. i started noticing a problem, so i asked for a nipple shield (had to use it with all 3 of my girls, as well, so it wasn't anything new to me...) the next day, i asked to speak to the lactation consultant and she watched me nurse... she said it seemed like a great latch and he was swallowing well (she could hear him while she was standing at the end of the bed. lol,) so he was getting what he needed.... fast forward to now and, after some weight issues (resulting in hand expressing and syringe feeding 25-30ml after each feed) he is slowly gaining, but i don't want to take the nipple shield away before i know his weight is stable enough.... it HUUUUURTS! my nipples take on a slanted shape, like his tongue is pushing up into the bottom of the nipple and the roof of the mouth is keeping the top straight. my nipples are also turning white (from pressure, not thrush.....)
any advice? could it be the shield that is causing this? or is it just really that bad of a latch? he is getting what he needs, now... consistent swallows, plenty of poops/pees, content baby, milk dribbles after he unlatches..... but i would love to get rid of the nipple shield! using it at home is one thing, but i would rather be able to NIP without having to "set up," so to speak. lol.