My daughter is now 9 days old and I've had nothing but trouble getting her to latch on correctly and now I think she has nipple preference.
Unfortunately, after birth she had issues with jaundice and underwent UV light therapy for 3 days. Because her bilirubin was high, the doctors insisted that I supplement her breastfeeding with formula. She breastfed for 20 on each breast and then I would give her a bottle (usually 1-2oz).
At 3 days old I developed crescent shaped sores on the outside of my nipple. Through research I figure she must have a shallow latch. I have tried reading tons of articles and watched many video clips and I still can't get it right. My nipple comes out of her mouth looking like lipstick. I have some nipple shields, but I can't seem to get them to stick on my boobs.
She has begun to show signs of nipple preference, as she does not really open her mouth wide enough to get a good latch and she sort of sucks around the nipple. I will see if she's tongue-tied at her next appointment. I have contacted a LC and she actually suggested that I take her off the breast and pump exclusively until the wounds are healed for two days. That advice scared me and I didn't follow it.
I don't know what to do, I am waiting for another LC to call me back, but I am just walking around crying about not being able to feed my baby.
Any help would be appreciated.