My son is 9 weeks old now and I have been pumping and feeding him for all these days with a couple of direct bf sessions daily owing to his poor latch. Now that I had attended a LLL meeting and one of the wonderful leader checked his latch and helped me with few tips to bf him directly. I have been an exclusive pumper so far and have been able to meet my son's daily requirements. Now that I have started to feed him directly and haven't pumed for the past 40 hours. My son normally nurses anywhere between 20 mins - 60 mins on one side. My left side is flat whereas my right side is ok. Inspite of my son's nursing, I never felt my breasts to be soft or empty. He had his 2nd month shots yesterday and is feeling a bit weak. I always feel engorged during the subsequent feeding sessions even if the gap is 1.5 - 2 hours. My son is not comfortable with the left side and has never nursed on it properly. I always feel that side to be as hard as a rock. He nurses for longer stretches (60 mins) during nights and shorter duration (20 mins) during day time. I have been monitoring his output ( 6 wet diapers and 6 soiled diapers) during the past 24 hours.
I am afraid whether I will end up having mastitis due to improper draining of milk. Is it okay to use nipple shield on my left side and nurse directly on my right side. Will this cause nipple confusion in him?
Or will he be able to nurse efficiently with time?
Please help me.