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We were unable to afford buying a breast pump and I'm not loosing patience, just concerned. I already experienced the 'cluster feeding' and I do switch breasts but last night I thought I wasn't producing enough. I use the nipple shield, it's better for me he stays on and doesn't keep coming off when without it. I'm one that has trouble getting my nipples to erect, sorry TMI and now with my breasts being so solid, I can't get my
nipples to erect at all. I read that feedings will be slower with the shields on, but not that slow, feedings still last 30-45 min long. Last night literally an hour, with him pausing in between of course and me almost falling alseep, nearly leaned off the bed but caught myself just in time. I told my parents the pump was the one thing we couldn't afford and my dad said, 'well you should be ok for a couple weeks right?' I can and I can't.
I don't like the idea how my baby's daddy can only help with just changing and I loose the most sleep by feeding when we could've been doing things fair by me having expressed milk in bottles ready so I can let myself heal up some. Until my parents get me the pump, I'm just afraid I'm putting me and my baby at risk especially with the cluster feedings when I'm so mentally drained and trying not to fall asleep while breastfeeding.
With my first born, he was already given formula once they saw I had trouble getting him to latch on and didn't say anything to me, til afterwards they gave me a nipple shield. But still, they immediately gave him formula, I remember seeing his dad bottle feed him.(I think because at the time I was an outpatient and had no job, therefore they were careless since I was just another pregnant teen) Eventually my first son was able to latch on with the nipple shield on but by the end of the week went strictly to formula since I figured my milk supply was no good (only got 2 Tablespoons with a manual pump).
Anyway I will bring this up to my baby's pediatrcian, if we still have an appointment with this Hurricane Sandy coming at us this week. :(