Hi there! My DS is 3 weeks old and we're having issues with bf-ing still. I am using the nipple shield (due to latch issues without it)..which brings me to one my first problems. I try to take off and get him latched w/out it but he only seems to be interested in latching on (without the shield) while my breasts are extremely full, then once the let down occurs, my breasts are soft and he seems to slip right off of my nipple. How can I get him latched in the beginning when the breasts are full and keep him on throughout the feeding? He latches on like a champ when my breasts are full and when I am using the shield (but I hate using it). Does that make any sense that he latches on great for the let down?
My second problem seems to be my SLIGHTLY bruised nipples. I am using the nipple shield 99% of the time and I still seem to have a little bruising on my nipples. I am not really in pain now or during feedings for that matter, but both nipples are a little sensitive. I am generally a very sensitive person when it comes to my nipples anyways but I am wondering why I am getting bruised nipples when we are using a shield?!?!
My third problem is him using me as a pacifier. I am wondering if this is possibly the reason behind my bruised nipples. He is using me to soothe himself to sleep...and as much as I love the closeness and snuggle time...I would rather him use a real pacifier (which he doesn't seem to want) and not my nipple. It makes being a SAHM to a 2 year old and newborn VERRRRY difficult. Any tips on getting him to soothe himself to sleep rather than using me?
Im sure I have a whole slew of additional questions, but for now...that's enough! LOL...TIA for listening and any help you can give me is greatly appreciated!