My daughter is a little over three weeks old and we have had so many challenges with BFing already... In the hospital they told me I had flat nipples and she wouldn't latch on. She had low blood sugar (I had gestational diabetes) and we had to give her formula after her blood sugar levels stayed low for nearly a day.
A lactation consultant had us start using a nipple shield to help her latch on, and I was also pumping after almost every feeding. Things seemed to be going all right and after about a week we were able to stop using the shield. My nipples started turning bright pink and I had huge scabs on both sides that bled. Every time she latched on it felt like her mouth was full of needles and after she fed I would have burning, acid-like pain in my breasts.
We saw another lactation consultant who said she thought I had thrush. We've been treating it with nystatin (for her) and Lotramin (for me) for 1 1/2 weeks. My right side healed pretty well - the nipple has come out more and she has a decent latch on that side. She also seems to get quite a bit of milk from that side.
My left side has taken longer to heal and we just can't seem to get the latch right. It always seems too shallow. We've been to a breastfeeding clinic three times, and I've looked up every latch technique on the web I could find, and nothing seems to help. There is still uncomfortable pain (although not intolerable) on the left and she doesn't seem to be swallowing very often, so I don't think there is adequate milk transfer. The breast is also smaller than the other side and the nipple is still pretty flat.
At her last weight check our daughter hadn't gained anything from week 2-3, so the pediatrician has us supplementing with formula after most feedings. Between supplementing, dealing with the pain, pumping, etc. I am about at my wit's end! Not to mention I just don't enjoy the feeling of breastfeeding. I feel obligated to continue because I know it's best for our baby, but at the same time I just wish I could stop.
Sorry for the long post - any motivation would be greatly appreciated!