I'm new to the message boards- not sure where to post- anyway!?
My dd is almost 7 weeks old. I didn't think that I was going to be able to breastfeed. After birth, I really wanted to. I did not have a good experience with 1st dd. Stopped bfding at 5 weeks for lots of reasons.
Regardless, I learned with 1st dd that I had flat nipples. I did not prepare for bfding this time by wearing shells. CLC at hospital told me I'd have to use shields. I have for 6 weeks. This week I went w/o them. Daughter seems to do just as well w/o shields.
Long story short, she does however suck air. Ofcourse she also did this with shields too. In fact, I thought the shields were making it worse (maybe air was getting in under shield somehow).
When she first latches she's usually really ready to eat and gulps rapidly. My breasts are full and flow quickly and also are hard ( I liked someone's analogy about sucking a bowling ball). Sometimes, I think that's the problem. She does do better when breast is softer and she's not in such a hurry, but then toward the end she seems to get lazy/sleepy and starts sucking air again.
I can hear her swallow big gulps of air at times. I hear her tummy gurgle. When I take her off to burp, she screams; doesn't want to burp; is usually hard to burp; then when she does burp, she screams again! I'm getting frustrated with this. I feel like I'm causing her pain. I don't want to stop bfding, but I'm feeling pressure from my family - especially my mom (who will soon be keeping her when I return to work).