I am having huge problems getting my 4 week old baby to latch on to my right breast. It can be a struggle on both sides, but it is getting much easier on the left and much much more difficult on the right. I also have an overactive letdown which is making things more difficult.
I have trouble getting Euan to open his mouth really wide, but when he does, he latches on fine on the left but on the right when his mouth closes on me, his bottom lip seems to slip across the areola so that he doesnt have much more than the nipple.
A typical feed on the right goes like this: Try for five minutes to get a latch, eventually get one and immediately get a really strong let down. Euan splutters and chokes and comes off the breast. I let the flow reduce onto a towel (and it usually squirts everywhere including up Euans nose). Lots of crying. Try again to get a latch, struggle terribly. Milk dripping everywhere. Eventually let him feed with a bad latch because plenty milk is coming out and I am getting so stressed. Doesn't take much milk leaving my breast still feeling full - meaning that I will have to feed on the same side next time getting me even more stressed.
It is getting so that I dread when I have to feed on the right.
I had problems feeding my first baby on the right too. In that case I got a really badly craked nipple and eventually resorted to a nipple shield. That really helped and also reduced my flow a bit which was good. By the time I finished with shield, baby could latch on much better. Would using a nipple shield be a good idea this time even tho I dont have sore nipples (yet)? I know some breastfeeding experts think they are satan's work and should never be used, but it did help last time.
I am starting to get to the end of my tether - any help would be appreciated.