Now I can't get rid of it. My son won't latch onto me and I am a slave to this thing. He is 15 days old and I am worrying that I may never succeed.
Any advice is appreciated.
Due Nov/Dec. 2012
i think i found a few good articles online, maybe even suggested by some people here. from my memory, though, what we did was this:
i changed the hold to cross cradle. for some reason that was better for us.
i used some expressed milk and a dropper.
i'd put some milk in the shield and put it on, let dd nurse for a little while, long enough to pull the nipple out. then i'd unlatch, put more milk on my boob, and try to get her back on. i had moderate success at first, but kept trying.
it really seemed like the end of the world at the time, as dd was quite the screamer (and wouldn't nurse when she was mad mad mad). letting her get a little milk in her to make her not freaking-out-hungry helped a lot. pulling the nip out helped a lot.
here's the kellymom article, and here's an old mdc thread...
good luck to you, mama. it really will get better, i promise.
Is it getting lonely in the echo chamber yet?
Prior to that we tried at every feeding to latch DS on without the shield until it was obvious he was getting too frustrated (about 3-5 tries per side). Sometimes he latched without it but not often. Once I really gave up the shield we had a few rough starts and a little damage to my nipples, but it was literally about 2 days before he latched on with just 1 or 2 tries.
Now he does fine although I'm still too flat for him to latch without me guiding everything. He latches right away and is growing well. There is definately hope, but it can be a struggle to get everything figured out when you are both frustrated.
WOHM: Married 2002. Dog parents 2005. DS arrived 3/3/10. Newbie expected late June 2013.
Wife to DH from Mexico, and mother to DD (01/10); DS (09/11); and one on the way (03 or 04/14)