Stephanie - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
After a failed attempt at breastfeeding my daughter, I was determined to breastfeed my son. My lactation consultant said that everything (latch...) was perfect. Still, my nipples were raw, sore, and bleeding. Pumping wasn't as painful as nursing, so I started to pump exclusively. At my son's 1 week check up, I expressed my concern with his pediatrician. Turns out my son was 'tongue tied'; the piece of skin under his tongue was attached to far up his tongue. She had to clip the access skin under his tongue. She explained to me that even though he was latched on properly, etc that he wasn't able to get his tongue down around my nipple the right was so he was knawing away at my nipple, causing the damage. I attempted to return to nursing, but it was still quite painful. He's a month old now and for the last 3 weeks, I've only been pumping and feeding him bottled breastmilk. I miss the closeness and bonding of nursing him, but I'm happy that he is getting all the breastmilk benefits. Are there any other moms that are pumping exclusively? What are your thoughts? Any advice?