Ali (alirose) wrote in breast_milk,

early breastfeeding questions

I just gave birth this past Saturday and have some bf-ing questions... My daughter was having a hard time getting a good latch and it was killing my nipples and she wasn't eating enough, so the lactation consultant got me started using a nipple shield while I nurse and it has made it much easier! But I'm a little concerned that I'll never be able to feed without one. It's not the end of the world if that happens, because my daughter is still getting breast milk, but I'm curious about people's experiences with nipple shields.

Also, I will be pumping for when I go back to work, but I wasn't planning on starting until about 3 weeks because I didn't want to feed her with a bottle because of nipple confusion. Now that I'm using the nipple shield anyway, is there are reason not to pump and feed via bottle (more so that my husband can feed her and I can get more than 2 hours of sleep at a time). I actually already pumped once because my milk is coming in and my breast were getting so hard, even after feeding her for as long as she would go they were still dripping with milk. Now I have a little bottle of milk and am not sure what to do with it (it's in the fridge for now). And along those lines, how many oz do newborns eat in one sitting if they are eating out of a bottle? I've been going by the time and her desire to gage how much I should be feeding, since boobs don't exactly have oz markers on them (wouldn't that be funny?)

Thanks in advance! (I'm so excited about this community, BTW)
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