When HDR was born we did skin to skin ASAP, it was about 15 minutes after he was born because when he was born he was covered in meconium. :( But he is doing great. Anyways, when he was ready to BF about an hour/hour & half later, the L&D nurse gave helped me get situated, then looked at me and said "you have short nipples, you'll probably need a nipple shield for a bit." I didn't think anything of it, and she never returned with one. Well the next day, my family left and I was all alone with him. I, again, didn't think anything of it. Well, this is when the BF issues started. He wouldn't latch well and only nursed for about 5 minutes aside. My right nipple became very raw and chapped. I told the day nurse this and she did nothing about it. Well the poor nursing continued, and even though I would speak up, no action was taken. The night nurse came, and was awful, no help yet again. So we are going on 24 hours of him barely eating, if at all. Then the following morning, the new nurse came in, witnessed this, and immediately returned with a nipple shield. So now my very hungry & fussy baby could eat, but the habit had formed.
Anyways, fastforward to now. He is eating regularly and consistently. At his 2-week check-up he had surpassed his birthweight. However, the issue is that, every time I start to put him on the boob he fights me and the situation, which makes him spin out of control more quickly. I can get him to nurse but it takes about two solid minutes of him fighting me to get him to latch.
Does anyone have any advice for me? Is this common? Was this a bad habit developed in the hospital, or is it just a "baby thing?"
Any advice or words would help, it sounds silly but I am kind of at my wits-end about it. Especially since he is a SUPER clingy and fussy baby. I just want to help my little man out and I feel like I can't.