I'm new to this forum and LLLI, but boy am I glad that I found this site and all of you experienced mommies!
I just had my DS 2 days ago and I've been determined to EBF. While in the hospital, because DS only had 1 peepee diaper during his first 24hrs of life, the nurses really pushed supplementing to prevent dehydration. According to the so called lactation consultant/nurse on staff, my nipples were too big for my son's too small mouth, and that I needed to supplement asap to get him to pee.
My question is this: Is there such a thing as too big of a nipple? When they provided me with a nipple shield to see if that would help with latching, that seemed to be way bigger and longer than my own nipple, so it was a bit confusing and contradicting that I was told that my own nipple was what was prevent DS from latching correctly.
We're home now and I'm pumping and BF. He is doing much better at BF now that he's a little more alert, but I don't think we're getting the latching down correctly. He barely opens his mouth which causes a shallow latch. My nipple looks like a lip stick at the end of BF and I don't think it's supposed to look like that.
Any advice on how to get my LO to open his mouth wide so I can get a proper latch? Is my nipple the problem?