Re: Horrible breastfeeding experience!
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby and on making it through what must have been a horribly frustrating 2 months. It will get better if you hang in there, I promise!!! New babies have tiny, tiny mouths and it's hard for them to get a good deep latch even when there's no anatomical reason for them to have difficulty (e.g. flat nipples, tongue tie). But babies grow and they almost always grow right out of their bad latches by the time they are a few months old. A big mouth can take a deep "bite" of breast, and once a baby is latching on deep enough, nipple trauma is a thing of the past.
My first question is, how flat are your nipples? Completely flat? Inverted? Or just short?
Second question: have you been to see the LC recently? It's generally recommended that moms have expert guidance when using the shield, because it can in some instances cause lowered supply.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"