My daughter is now 2 weeks old. I had some problems breast feeding her at the hospital, partly because of the drugs, which made me so itchy and sleepy I was afraid I'd drop her, and partly because of my C-section. We tried the football hold but it never seemed to work real well in the hospital bed.
I ended up having to pump because every time I tried I couldn't get her to latch. The nurses said I have flat nipples, and all I really wanted was for her to have Breast milk. I ended up with very sore, bleeding nipples shortly after I was discharged. I consulted a lactation consultant, and I've been using a nipple shield to nurse her.
The problem is it takes a long time for her to nurse (she'll suck for nearly an hour if I let her) and she practically falls asleep while nursing. I try to take the shield off and offer her the breast without it but my nipples are so small I don't think she knows what to do.
Am I just doomed to have long feeding sessions with a nipple shield?