So my little angel is 10 days old and I was determined to breastfeed her from the beginning. I am living in France and don't speak much french so when giving birth I couldn't really voice my opinions, thoughts, etc. My breasts are unfortunately inverted but my understanding from this was that with patience the little one would be able to breastfeed. The midwives at the hospital had other ideas and immediately put a nipple shield on me to use with her. It took a couple of attempts but eventually she started feeding. I really didn't want this to happen. I've attempted to try and feed her without the nipple shield with no successful attempts. She will latch on for a little while and then fight and get aggitated that she cannot get the milk. Today she doesn't even seem to be feeding very well even with the nipple shield.
My husband and I have decided to express the breast milk and feed her by bottle. Does anyone else do this and has it worked for you?
Also, do you feed your baby when she gives you cues or do you wake up your baby's to feed them every 2-3 hours. We started with a 2 hour schedule and now trying a 3 hour schedule. My reason for doing this was because I found that she sleeps for a long period of time, i.e. she can sleep for up to 6 hours straight. Your help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I wish I had read up more and thought I had all the information I needed, was I wrong.