I tried breastfeeding with my DS and struggled due to sore nipples (cracked, bleeding). I have flat nipples so struggled with attachment, even with using nipple shields. Due to the attachment issues my supply wasn't very good and after 6 and a half weeks I switched to full time formula feeding.
I had a Medela Mini Electric (which I personally found extremely noisy and didn't manage to get a lot of milk from it. I have just purchased a Spectra S2 to use with my next baby.
Last time my midwife was hopeless. I asked her several times about breastfeeding but she just kept saying we would discuss it on the day of the birth as it is easier to demonstrate. I had booked myself in for a breastfeeding class but my baby came that week and I didn't get to attend it.
This time around I want to prepare myself with as much knowledge as possible to try and make breastfeeding a success. My nipples seem to be protruding a bit more this time around so I am hoping to have more success. I have purchased a device called Lansinoh Latch Assist so I hope that will help draw out the nipple.
I went to ask a health clinic who has a private lactation consultant and she said to come back 4 weeks prior to birth to make an appointment. She suggested I look up Biological Nurturning - Laid Back Breastfeeding, which I have done. It looks very interesting and I wonder if anyone else has tried it and done it successfully. I like it that the baby seems to simply attach themselves. I can't wait to have my appointment with her to discuss it further.
Even just some positive stories of those with flat nipples too would be encouraging.
Thanks heaps 😃