When I started breastfeeding at the hospital, I was having a difficult time. Everytime I went to feed my daughter, it took me and a nurse about 20-30 minutes to get her to latch - which always ended with an angry baby and two frustrated adults. The nurse told me my nipples were too flat and I should buy a silicon nipple shield. I've been mostly successful with the shield (except it hurts like the dickens). When I went back to see the doctor, I was told I've been doing it wrong nipple shields are a terrible idea so on and so forth. They told me to go back to feeding her with out one. Now, it's just me and her and I dread feeding time. After 30 minutes of trying, we're both sitting there crying together. I have a lactation consultant coming to see if she can give me any advice.
My questions to the forums are has anyone else had this issue with a nipple shape that makes it hard to feed? My husband wants me to just pump and forget both shield and with out. He's concerned I'm too stressed out about feeding. I'm concerned with bonding and doing exclusive pumping. Also, are nipple shields really so terrible?
I know I have a lot of questions! Any thoughts would be great!