Having SOOOOO many issues with breastfeeding :( HELP!!

Tara - posted on 04/14/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I'm a FTM breastfeeding my 8 week old son. We've had a TON of issues from the beginning...he didn't latch on correctly, wasn't eating well or gaining weight.....and we sucessfully got through all of them!
Now, we have a bunch of new problems that I can't figure out :(
For the past couple of weeks, I was having an intense burning, stabbing pain in my breast and the doc finally said she thinks it is thrush-even though my son has no symptoms, she said mine were intense enough that he probably has it too. So, we're on a med for that, but haven't noticed any improvement.
It is EXTREMELY painful to breastfeed because of this, but I am very passionate about it, so I work through it.
But now, for the past week or so, my son will start feeding just fine, and 5 min into it, he will get very aggressive and scratch, kick his legs, arch his back and pull off my breast. If I don't latch him on right away again, he screams :(
When we were at the doc he hadn't been gaining the weight he should be, so we thought my supply was low, but after looking into that more, we found out that is just fine........
I asked the doc about reflux and they said they don't think that's what it is......
I'm completely confused and am hoping someone else has a similiar story.....I just want my little guy to be able to eat comfortably.

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Nikki - posted on 04/19/2013

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i am breastfeeding now and also feed my son for a year. so i have somethings to say that may or may not help but....ok so try swaddling him before feeding that my help with the kicking and scratching. and if it is a let down issue try expressing an oz or two before feeding (save it, never waste breastmilk) or try lightly massaging your breast while he's feeding or just before he feeds. breast feeding comes very naturally for some women but for others they have to really work at making it work. but it is best for your baby so i think its worth putting forth the extra effort.

Rachael - posted on 04/16/2013

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Have you met with an IBCLC to assess you baby's milk transfer? If transfer is low, but latch looks decent, perhaps have your baby evaluated for a tongue tie, especially a posterior one, which are often overlooked. If you google Dr. Larry Kotlow, you'll find a bunch of resources that can help you and your care provider check for a PTT.

I also wonder if your let down slows and he feels frustrated with the reduced flow of milk? Just thinking aloud, as you said he only gets aggressive after five minutes of nursing...

Definitely link up with an IBCLC or do a pre/post feed weigh at your doctor's office. If his transfer is fine, there might be an issue of flow preference. If transfer is low, it's likely a latch/TT/or supply issue. I've dealt with all three, unfortunately, and the sooner you can identify the problem, the greater chance you'll have at maintaining your supply!

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 04/14/2013

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Hi I haven't been exactly in your shoes but I had a low milk supply . I was very passionate about breastfeeding also so I would breastfeed for 20 min , then supplement with a bottle , and then pump every single feeding including the middle of the night for 3 months. This means I was getting about an hour if sleep in between each feeding bc she would wake up every 2.5 hrs and by the time I fed her , changed her , pumped , and got her back To bed I was out of time to sleep! I just wanted To encourage you bc I'm really glad I did it even though I was a walking zombie for awhile!! I hope it gets easier for you and if it does you'll be so happy you stuck it out! Good luck

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