Danielle - posted on 08/29/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
I am in search of some helpful tips and encouragement to continue breastfeeding.
My son was born last week at 38 weeks gestation because of pregnancy hypertension.
For the past week I have been breastfeeding him, as well (as recommended by health care providers) supplementing his nutrition by formula.
He is a very hungry baby boy. He has a very strong latch, and a vigourus eater. Because of this, he has blistered my nipples. In the meantime, I am using nipple shield and the creams to ease my discomfort while breastfeeding him.
I am in so much pain that I cringe when it comes time to feed him. It means a lot to me that I continue feeding him, but I feel like the odds of that happening are stacked against me.
My milk is finally starting to transition in after a week. I will feed my son for over 30 mins a side, and then he will burp and get knocked out for 10 mins.. he will then start rooting and crying for more.
At this point I am so sore.
So I try again, and then supplement with syringe and feeding tube while on the breast. (A small tube is slid into the corner of his mouth while he is latched on the breast so while he is pulling breast milk from the breast he is also pulling formula from syringe.)
It was advised that we supplement formula because he has already lost over the 10 percent body weight in his first two-three days, because my milk was taking so long to come in, and because he was obviously not satisfied with my milk supply.
I am looking for tips to increase the nutrition of my supply, encouragement to keep feeding breast, and anything else you can offer.
Will it always hurt?!?!