My son is going to be 8 in a month, I bf him for 2 years, exclusively for 11 months. I wish I could say it was awesome and magical, it was a nightmare. His latch was bad, I had to use a nipple shield, he was underweight so I constantly worried if he was getting enough or not. I so desperately wanted him to just latch on nicely and nurse like all the other babies did!
I have sort of flat nipples, not entirely flat, they stick out a little but when squished to try & put it in the baby's mouth, it just flattens more than turns them into the "sandwich" the LC seemed to want me to make.
Granted, I was under a ton of stress, first time mom, my son had a birth defect which resulted in weekly doctor visits, casting, surgery, not sure where it would all lead - it was a very stressful first year and I'm sure that contributed to things.
Anyway, my mom keeps telling me I should "rough my nipples out" with a wash cloth 100 times a day to prepare. I'm skeptical. It's NOT the pain that was ever an issue, it was the latch. Should I be doing this? Is there anythign I should be doing? What about those nipple-puller-outer things?
Any tips? I really want to BF #2 due in June, I'm committed to do it even if it's a major pain in the ass like it was the first time, I'm just hoping it's easier this time!