I'm seeking any suggestions to my BF situation...it has been such a struggle -
where to begin - this is my first baby, she weighed 6lb 15oz at birth and is now 5 weeks old. Since day one she has not latched right. She pinches my nipple despite getting a deep latch initially - I've seen 3 LC's that all say the latch looks good, but she comes off and my nipple is raw & pinched. I try to relatch her several times, but we get the same thing. At almost 2 weeks, I was ready to give it up b/c of the severe nipple pain (cracks, blisters, etc) but was talked into a nipple shield to allow healing. It did allow healing, but it also decreased the amount of milk to baby so her weight has been very slow to come up. Although she is healthy, the pedi & LC recommended supplementing her b/c of the minimal wt gain. We tried cup feeding (she refused) SNS, and finger feeding, but that got to be too much when we were told to supplement after EVERY feed. So, we reluctantly started using bottles and pumped breastmilk. Her weight has improved rapidly and she seems more satisfied.
I have also been diagnosed with Raynaud's of the nipple which is causing some pain issues too. I am also on my second round of a yeast infection of both breasts! We're both being treated for that. I'm trying to wean her off the nipple shield because I want her to get maximum milk (I hear her gulp so much more on the bare breast) but she continues to latch wrong and really hurt my nipples. My LC says to just keep working daily at it.
Any suggestions regarding weaning off the nipple shield? Or tricks about latching? I don't think the bottle has made too much difference in her activity at the breast, and we can't really get rid of the supplements until she can get more from the breast (I think without the shield). I've told myself I can try this until the 2 month mark, but if we haven't gotten it by then, I might have to give it up. I feel like all I do is BF, then supplement, then pump, etc. I'm getting exhausted. Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated.
Thanks for listening.