Hi I'm new to this site and really need some help. My baby is 11 days old. I believe that my nipples are too large for his mouth and he can't latch correctly. When my nipple comes out of his mouth it's shaped like a lipstick. One side is much higher than the other side. And they hurt. On day two of nursing I began to get tiny scabs on the raised part of the nipple. I was still in the hospital so I asked to see the LC. She spent all of 5 minutes with me, told me I would have to wait until he grew and his mouth got bigger and she gave me a nipple shield.
So I've been using the shield and it has helped I guess since I have no scabbing, cracking, or bleeding, but it still hurts when he latches on. I hate the sheild because it's a big struggle to try and hold the shield in place, hold my baby, and hold my breast. All while he's flailing his arms around and screaming with frustration.
So the questions is, is waiting for his mouth to get bigger all I can do? And I'm also worried that he's not getting as much milk through the shield than he would without.
I've started pumping and having others give him one or two bottles a day to give me a break from the pain. He is also taking a paci.
Note: I had this exact same problem with my first baby. We never could fix the latch, I ended up pumping her bottle and then nursed her only a couple times a day. We did this until she was 8 months and then I dried up. Only difference I never used a shield, she refused it completely. I had very bad bleeding and cracking too. I was hoping this wouldn't happen again this time but here we are.
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks for reading!