mrsandmrs, I seem to have noticed that Alden's feedings aren't taking as long without the shield, still a good 20 minutes each side but he would easily go 30 with the shield so I do believe it has to affect their efficiency at getting milk. I'm sorry you're still having pain with feeding, I'm in the same boat and I can't imagine having to deal with it while feeding two! I dread offering Alden the right side and I have to grit my teeth for a good 10-20 seconds.
beep: I hope your plugged duct resolves itself without much issue. Is extending your maternity leave an option? I know what you mean with not being ready. At this point I can't see myself returning Nov 1st, though that was the tentative date I gave my clients. It's not that I don't want to, I just haven't figured out how the scheduling would work. What if he starts screaming bloody murder while I'm working with someone? I can't just interrupt our appointment to pop him on a boob... I'm attending a "returning to work and pumping" class tomorrow evening so I'll let you know if I get any great insights/tips.
serafina: I had to google "milk blister", sounds painful. Alden and I are getting the hang of sidelying night nursing which would be great if it led to going right back to sleep but for some reason the 2am feeding always ends in an hour of fussing and crying... Then when we feed again at 6 or so he just goes right back to sleep, why?!
I feel like some things are improving with our feedings, I'm pretty sure we're done with the shield, but then other things, like the toe curling pain when he latches, still need to be resolved. I remain determined to make this work, the LC at the birthcenter probably thinks I'm a high maintenance client because I keep calling her. She's been really awesome throughout this process and I can't imagine where we would've been with less access to support. I didn't realize what a difference that would make, I naively thought, as a FTM, that breastfeeding was a natural thing and therefore couldn't be all that hard to figure out.