I am happy to report that breastfeeding this time around is going amazing. I believe it was out of total determination. I was so devistated when it didn't work with Caleb. Truly heartbroken. I was sad that I missed out on that bonding process, and that I had to give into formula so soon with him. This time around I decided that breastfeeding was my ONLY option, and so far it is going great.
Lil bundle latched immidately after birth, and I had LC's visit us in the hospital daily to help get us both comfortable. We left the hospital with her latching well, and eating a lot! However, the latch started becoming extremely painful. She had eaten so much the second night in the hospital that she had literally drawn blood from my nips, and I had open wounds. Every single time she would nurse I would hold my breath in pain, and honestly I did not want to feed her because it hurt so bad. I made an appointment with the LC to check and make sure she was latching correctly because I knew it was not suppose to hurt. The LC checked her latch said it was great, checked her tongue, and said there was no issue. She stood there stumped for a moment as to why it was hurting me so bad. She then put her finger in Mckinlee's mouth and was like "OMG your baby sucks like a piranha". It was then that she gave me a life saver in the form of a little object called a nipple shield. No more pain, no more bleeding, and a perfect latch every time!
We have been using nipple shields since Mckinlee's 4th day on earth. She latches automatically, eats well, and has no nipple confusion at all. She is able to go between binky, bottle, and nipple shield no problem. The only downfall is that they are messy, but we are working on that. (Any mama's out there who have used them have any advice on how to cut down on the mess?).
Mckinlee usually eats every 2 1/2-3 hours, but she cluster feeds before bed. We have started giving her a bottle at midnight and I will pump while hubby feeds. She is taking about 3 ounces at that feeding, and then she sleeps until around 4. That is the only bottle she takes during the day unless our schedule is awkward. She is doing so great, and I am so thankful that breastfeeding is going so well this time.