Alison - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 20 moms have responded )
Stats: son was born 9/30 by un-planned c-section. 5 hours later, I finally meet him but no one helps me nurse him (no guidance from the nurses). I try on my own, but am not sure if it's "working." On the day we're dismissed, two nurses are more hands-on, helping me to get him latched for the first time. I can't reproduce it myself, though, and go home resigned to pumping/bottle-feeding. He develops jaundice and we end up feeding him formula for a week or so to make sure he's over it. I start attending a local BF resource center, and my mom recommends a nipple shield. I intend to transition him off of it, but every time I offer him "just" the breast, he freaks out (crying and writhing away). Any advice or support is gladly welcome - I'm just feeling like I'm a failure for not feeding him the "right way."