Daughter has been exclusively breast fed since day one. I've pumped some so that she could have bottles of breast milk, but no formula. We have some formula because we heard that some women who have C Sections have difficulty with milk supply. With how she's growing and the amount of diapers she's going through, this is not an issue! Thank God!
But her latch is an issue. She is no good at the wide latch. I'm in pain. I developed a blister on my right nipple last week... so I exclusively pumped from that breast and fed her from the left (followed by her heart breaking cries when I set her in her swing and I pumped to give her more milk) for a solid day and the blister went away. So I started nursing normally again, but her latch was the same. Ouch!
So, tomorrow I have an appointment with the lactation specialists up in Fargo. It's over an hour away, so my mom is going to come with me so that Daughter won't have to ride in the back by herself. Thanks, mom! Hopefully they'll fix things... right now, I can only nurse using a nipple shield (which I'm very thankful were invented!) but hopefully they'll be able to show me how to get Daughter to latch properly and nurse successfully :)
Honestly, this has been very hard on me. Knowing that I can make enough milk to feed her, but not do so in a way that isn't excruciating for me, is tough. Both physically and emotionally. But Mat's wonderful (again!) and he's calmed me down and dried my tears when we have to resort to a bottle (our store is slowly depleting faster than I can replenish it) rather than nursing our baby girl. Hopefully, we can figure it out tomorrow and the nipple shield holds out till then!