My wife just gave birth to our daughter on March 17th. I unfortunately listened to the healthcare "professionals" at the hospital during the pre-birth classes and breast feeding classes and assumed they knew what they were doing. They said they readily encouraged breastfeeding, but at the first sign of latching issues and my wife's colostrum coming in a bit slow, they threw us supplemental formula and told us to bottle feed our daughter. About 72 hours after birth, the milk came in (we pumped and tried to breast feed as often as possible and kept her in our hospital room nearly the entire time). However, we are having issues getting her to latch and breast feed and have to bottle feed her the breast milk. Our daughter vigorously refuses my wife's breast (38H with large areolas and nipples are flat). A nipple shield was working, but she refuses that now too. We use a Medela breast pump and my wife is expressing milk at a good rate and we pump 8 times a day pretty regularly, but I am afraid her supply might dry up if we cannot get our daughter to breast feed. I bought the Calma nipples today for the bottles to try and get a more natural sucking motion for her to encourage a good latch. We always attempt to breast feed first, but our daughter just becomes so upset. Our daughter also sleeps a lot and is difficult to wake up for feedings.
Is it too late to get her to breastfeed? Any suggestions would be greatly appreaciated.