I have finally managed to feed my ds without using the nipple shields. But now ive had to go back to them because when I didnt use them ds choked & coughed all the way through the feed. Sometimes this coughing led to spews & other times it led to trapped wind in which case he'd spend half the feed spewing & half the feed screaming in pain.
Then he was basically spewing all day between feeds as well & only wanted to be upright - yesterday he barely slept & I had to carry him around most of the day.
By yesterday evening he was so exhausted & distressed that he wouldnt stop crying, wouldnt feed & wouldnt go to sleep. Eventually we gave him panadol & he settled down.
This doesnt happen when feeding with the shields.
So what can I do? I dont know if I can keep using the shields because they rub blisters onto my nipples & its agony. Ds chokes on the next size up shields. But now I dont think I can feed without them either.
I dont want to feed lying down (which is what the aba told me to try) because I cant feed lying down when im out of the house - & whatever position I use needs to be one I can use anywhere, not just at home.
Expressing a little before the feed also wont work cause I just cannot hand express. So ill have to pump & by the time im done ds will be screaming the place down so then I wont be able to get him attached properly anyway. I also cant feel my letdown so I have no clue how long to pump for.
Is there anything else I can do?
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