I recently discovered I have flat nipples after having my first baby. She's currently 2.5 weeks old and we are having trouble with her latching.. I'm currently pumping milk and bottle-feeding that to her and using a nipple shield a few times a day to get her to latch on one side (but she usually wakes up shortly after starving and I will put her on the breast again unless she's frustrated in which case I'll give her the pumped milk). We're using a nipple shield for feeding and she's latching on one side with that but absolutely hates the other side (we tried nipple shields and once or twice she latched but usually she just gets frustrated- one side is more flat than the other so it's probably hard for her to suck). Does anyone have any tips? I really want to breastfeed and this constant pumping and feeding is getting really frustrating.. will I be able to breastfeed her exclusively eventually? Can't afford to see a lactation consultant about it.. talked to a few on the phone and they recommended continuing what I'm doing and using something called Supple Cups. I bought them, still trying to figure out how they work. Any tips guys? I'm having a hard time with her an really want to breastfeed :( Thank you!
p.s. also how often should I be pumping? I was doing it every 2-3 hours at first but I was going crazy.. now doing it like every 4-5 hours but I feel like my milk supply has gone down.