I hate breastfeeding, but don't want to quit. My son isn't even 3 weeks yet and I hate breastfeeding. Week 2 was horrible. My nipples bled and were so sore. I dreaded feeding him. They are not so sore now but he wants to eat every 20 min or every hour. I know what a good latch looks like and we've Accomplished that but he moves his head and takes in air which causes tummy aches for himself. He hates the bottle too. I try to pump but he never finishes the milk due to frustration. I don't want to quit because I know breastfeeding is best for him but I just hate it so much! Does anyone else have this issue?

Kayla - posted on 08/08/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I hate breastfeeding, but don't want to quit. My son isn't even 3 weeks yet and I hate breastfeeding. Week 2 was horrible. My nipples bled and were so sore. I dreaded feeding him. They are not so sore now but he wants to eat every 20 min or every hour. I know what a good latch looks like and we've Accomplished that but he moves his head and takes in air which causes tummy aches for himself. He hates the bottle too. I try to pump but he never finishes the milk due to frustration. I don't want to quit because I know breastfeeding is best for him but I just hate it so much! Does anyone else have this issue?

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Kayla - posted on 08/15/2012

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Well so far we have been on formula for a whole 24 hours suggested by our ped. since he has been such a miserable little boy and he is a totally different baby on formula! He doesn't cry 24/7! His ped thinks I should go back to breastfeeding/pumping and give him Zantac 2x day since he has reflux. So we will do just that and give it a shot but I say if he goes back to the way he was then I think formula would be better for him. I've been pumping in the meantime and gettin 2-3 oz. Maybe it's something in my milk that doesn't agree with him? I stay away from gassy and spicy foods because of breastfeeding. I've also started soy milk thinking that he may be sensitive to lactose. We'll see!

Nancy - posted on 08/14/2012

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breastfeeding is not the best for your baby.....breast milk is.
If you are breastfeeding around the clock, you will have sleep deprivation, and easily slip into post-partum depression.
Pump your breast milk and fill up small bottles. That way your partner can share in the feeding and allow you to sleep through a couple of feedings thru the night.
Your baby will probably not take to the bottle at first but persevere. If he/she is hugry enough, they will suck. You will also know how much milk they are consuming each day because it is measurable and observable in the bottle, so you don't have to combine your worries and concerns as to whether or not he/she is getting enough to eat.
Good Luck and remember ...it's not breast feeding, it's breast milk that is good for your baby

Esther - posted on 08/10/2012

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If your nipples are bleeding, his latch is NOT right. Have you had him checked for tongue tie? If he can't maneuve his tongue right, he can't transfer milk efficiently. And he'll mess up your nipples even more. Go see an IBCLC. NOT just any old LC, some don't have a clue. Hugs!

Kaitlin - posted on 08/10/2012

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Oh I hear you. It seems like you're doing a great job of trying to get help, good for you!
The first month or two can be really painful. For my first, I bled and had severe mastitis. My second my nipples were cracked and I only had a little mastitis and it only hurt for three weeks. Thist ime around it hurt only for two weeks. I would talk to your ob- they can get you a script for a strong nipple cream (lanolin did nothing for me) and once the nipples heal, it gets way better. Give it another week or two, if you can. It does get better, it just takes time.

User - posted on 08/10/2012

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Sorry far taking so long to reply. We do the football, cross cradle, and lying down positions. We saw two lact. cons. in the hospital and they said we were doing great! Sometimes we have a great latch and it is super easy. Other times we have trouble latching and he takes in air which makes him super fussy during eating.

User - posted on 08/09/2012

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Well done for wanting to do this. The first few weeks are really hard. It's not unusual for newborns to feed that frequently. I can only say it does get easier. How are you holding him? It might be worth trying a different hold which might be more comfortable for you and him.

Have you talked to a lactation consultant? They can be really encouraging and supportive.

Personally I wouldn't bother pumping as having a bottle can cause nipple frustration and even cause the end of breastfeeding. Good luck.

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