i hope i can get some good feedback. i am having some difficulities nursing my 3wo. this is my 3rd child and i successfully nursed my other kids with NO problems so i am totally devastated by the problems i am having now.
my sons birth was by emergency c-section and i thought we had latched on well at the hospital in spite of the surgery pain, etc. however. when we got home i started having a lot of swelling of the nipple on my left side and then developed a BAD case of mastitis in that breast. i also developed a very bad crack - i think because of the swelling but it may have been poor latch on. i had to pump and offer a bottle for a day or 2 because of he completely refused the breast. i had also made the "mistake" of offering him a pacefier because he seemed to want to suck a lot and my breasts were killing me.
now, he takes the right side fine but is having a horrible time with the left. the shape of the nipple is different than the other and different than it has been in the past. i thought maybe it "became flat" if that is possible. when i look down at it the shape of the nipple is like a triangle with hardly any of the nipple actually protruding and he cant seem to take much of the areola into his mouth so when i do offer him that side he only grabs the nipple and then has practically no suck.
ugh. i am living in brasil and have no real friends and no family down here to help with this and my portuguese is very bad so i am limited to the kind of help i can get. i am tempted to give up nursing on the left side all together.
thanks for any insight or encouragement. kim