My twins are fussy latchers. Especially Cal, and sometimes also Luke. They'll chomp on, then spit out, then chomp on, then spit out, and repeat. The result is that: 1) Tandem feeding them is impossible. And 2) Feeding them separately, which already takes a long time, takes an extra long time because of the amount of time it takes to get them successfully latched, and then relatched after each burp, etc.
On top of this, I have major, major nipple pain. I have tried everything I can think of to deal with this. Everything my LC has suggested, every product on the market. Seriously in tears when they latch, which (see above) is an ordeal even without the pain.
Breastfeeding has been by far the biggest challenge since the babies have been born. By miles. I want to feed them my milk, but I'm miserable. One major side effect of all this is that I can't get them on a concurrent schedule, because one baby is always waiting in the wings while I try to feed his brother. And when I write "in the wings," I mean, "on a boppy beside me. Screaming." I'm worried that they're fussy because they're getting cruddy sleep, constantly waking up hungry after inefficient feedings. I'm worried about how long it will take to recover from this.
Meanwhile, when we feed them from bottles, they eat just fine. So, I'm considering switching to EP. But, I'm also sad about that idea, because I'd envisioned breastfeeding them and because I do envy women who have a rewarding experience BF.
Has anybody successfully made the switch to EP and then switched back to some breastfeeding? I was thinking that perhaps I could go to EP for a while, until my nipples heal and until their neck muscles are stronger. But maybe I'm dreaming about that being possible. Maybe by that time they'll find my boobs even more frustrating then they do now.
If you either made the switch, or almost did but decided not to, can you let me know how it went? I need some help here. I'll call my LC, too, but I'm not sure what to say that I haven't already said to her. "Hi LC. This sucks and I'm thinking of quitting. Thoughts?"