Re: Almost 2 week old and having painful feedings
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! It is wonderful that you have gotten this far despite facing some pretty significant challenges.
The first thing I have to say if that I am a little puzzled by the advice you got in the hospital. It is entirely normal for newborns to lose weight in the first 2-5 days before the mom's mature milk comes in. 2 oz in less than 24 hours does not seem like a lot of weight to me, but perhaps your baby warranted special concern because she was born early. IDK. It still seems to me that you were pushed down a path that has caused you a fair number of problems.
It's awesome that you had no trouble getting a supply going, and that your baby will latch with the shield. If the shield keeps the baby at the breast, keep on using it. Potential problems from shield use are secondary to keeping the baby nursing.
You can definitely continue to use the pump to make up for any deficit in stimulation/milk removal caused by the shield and the baby's difficult latch. You should just be aware that in general, pumps are not as good as babies at maintaining milk supply. So if you see your output starting to slump, you will need to add in more pump sessions, perhaps upgrade to a better pump, and maybe see a lactation consultant for professional help with pumping.
I would actually really like to see you go in and see a LC, preferably an IBCLC, for hands-on help right now. She should be able to help you with positioning, may be able to get the baby to latch painlessly or at least less painfully on the right side, and should also check the baby for tongue tie, evaluate the baby's nursing effectiveness, and help you with pumping.
So, basically keep doing what you're doing! Other than seeing the IBCLC, I only have one suggestion, and that's to continue to try the baby on the right side even if it causes you pain. You don't want to get stuck EP on the right if you don't have to, and continuing to give the baby chance to feed from the right breast will probably help her stay interested in latching onto that side. It's an investment that will pay off in the long term- and by "long term" I mean "within the next few months." Not that long, considering how fast babies grow and change!
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