Thought breastfeeding was supposed to be easier second time around :(

Krystal - posted on 10/25/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Everyone always said that breastfeeding was easier the second time around, and it is far from it! (For me at least) With my first I never once had a clogged milk duct, or sore nipples, or problems of any kind. I nursed for 6 months with him. and now, with my baby girl I had severely cracked and bleeding nipples for the first week which then developed into mastitis. And I now get a clogged milk duct at least every other day for the past 5 weeks. My baby girl has thrush and I have it to. Her first round of antibiotics did not work so she is now on her second round. The meds are still not working for me either so I have been struggling with sore nipples for weeks now. I have been exclusively pumping as it is to painful to nurse. But now, I discovered that the skin around my nipples are peeling. Almost as if they were blisters that opened. I feel horrible giving up breastfeeding, but I can't keep dealing with this emotionally and physically. There is always something, and is not enjoyable like it was with my first. Any other moms out there had this happen to them to? If so, what did you do about it? Deal with it? or quit and enjoy feeding time, even if it is with a bottle?

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Lori - posted on 10/29/2012

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Nystatin for thrush sounds right. I don't know about the over the counter lotrimin. But if it's not getting you cleared up, go back and ask for something else for you. You BOTH have to be treated or you're just going to keep passing it back and forth to each other.

Krystal - posted on 10/28/2012

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I'm sorry, antibiotics was wrong. I use that term very loosely when it comes to treating problems :( I'm so used to most things being treated with antibiotics that, in my head, most prescribed meds are. lol. I do know I was given antibiotics for my mastitis, my daughter was given nystatin for her thrush. I was told to get over the counter lotrimin. But I have decided, as much as it hurts me to do this, I am going to start weaning :( I am going to try to keep nighttime feedings as long as my body will let me but during the day it will be formula. Thanks for your help ladies!

Mary - posted on 10/27/2012

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Lori is right about antibiotics not being appropriate to treat thrush. Antibiotics kill out all the good bacteria in your system along with the bad, and yeast, which is not a bacteria, thrives in that situation, with none of the usual good bacteria to fight it. Probiotics should always be taken to balance the effects of the antibiotics (not at the same time, or the antibiotics will just kill them.) You can get powdered probiotics for babies...I'm pretty sure one is called BabyLife, and it would be a good idea to get them for your little girl, because it is realy important to have good gut bacteria - if affects a lot of things healthwise.



The best thing to treat a clogged duct is to nurse on that side. It may help to nurse in different positions to make sure your daughter is draining the clogged ducts (think about where her chin is, as her lower jaw does most of the extraction work).



Weaning at this point would be hard to do without triggering another bout of mastitis, I would think, because you wouldn't have your baby emptying out the milk. I know it is really really hard to get through nursing when it is extremely painful. Find a local La Leche League group and go to a meeting...you'll probably find someone else who has nursed when it was painful, either due to similar problems to yours, or a bad latch (which might be what started your problems), or nursing during pregnancy, or some other reason.



If you get through this without weaning, I think you will find that you would be very very glad you didn't stop nursing, and it will make nursing all the more special with your daughter for you.

Lori - posted on 10/27/2012

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I'm sorry to hear you're having such a hard time this time around. While it may be true that for most, breastfeeding is easier the 2nd time around, we all must keep in mind that every baby is different. And while you've done this before, your LO has not. Different baby, different latch, different preferences.



And you mention that you and baby have thrush, but you also said the antibiotics aren't working. Antibiotics can cause thrush, and should not be used to try to treat it. For thrush you need an antifungal medication, and both you and baby need to be treated. It would make sense to me that YOU were put on antibiotics for the mastitis, and that may have led to thrush.



If you can make it through this tough time, you may find that you settle into a very happy nursing relationship with your 2nd baby. Keep telling yourself "This too shall pass"

Adrienne - posted on 10/27/2012

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I am so sorry you are having so much trouble. I had all of those problems, and more, with my first one. I used every natural remedy I could THINK of on my nipples, and was miserable for about 6 months. Luckily, I had an awesome supportive husband and family who helped me through. Eventually, things did even out and we only recently weaned (he is almost 3 now) so all I say is I felt your pain!

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