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Post in Finding Your Tribe and ask for help locating a private LC! Formula will NOT help you right now. The last thing you need is nipple confusion and to have your supply compromised. If you aren't able to latch, your solution in the short term needs to be to pump and to dropper or finger-feed. But REALLY what you need is someone who knows what they're doing to help your baby learn to latch.
Are you modeling for him when you try to nurse? Look at him and open your mouth wide and see if you can get him to imitate you. You can also use your index finger to put some pressure on his chin and see if he'll open up that way. Stimulating his lower lip may help as well. If this persists or you never see him opening his mouth wide (nursing or otherwise), you might look into quickly finding a chiro or craniosacral therapist to come to you; it may be that his jaw is sore or misaligned from the birth, and that's an easy fix.
But pump, mama, and no bottles, no formula. This is resolvable, but you don't need to compound the problem. Yell for help and keep yelling until someone actually helps you. I went through a similiar thing with my daughter, and a private IBCLC saved our nursing relationship.
Keep us posted!