Let me preface this by saying that since last Friday we've been sucessfully latching without a nipple shield.
My baby was in the NICU so I was exclusively pumping for the first 5 days and my milk supply came in really well. My breasts were huge and felt very full. I have stopped pumping now that she is on the breast and I've noticed that they don't feel as full.
The problem is, before then they were feeling full, my nipples were a bit more stiff or engaged and she latched with on. Now my boobs seems like deflated water balloons and when I do the 'sandwich' grip on the areola to guide it into her mouth, it's super floppy and hard for me to hold on to.
Today has been kind of a disaster with this. I busted out the nipple shield again and had some success with that on each breast but only for a few minutes. I ended up just feeding her a pumped bottle because she was becoming hysterical and I knew she was very hungry.
Has anyone else dealt with this? I know the milk is there even though they don't feel full. I pumped after giving her the bottle and got 5 ounces between the two breasts.
I've called my lactation consultant 3 times today with no call back so this is kind of a last resort.