Breastfeeding woes at 6 wks and counting...

Alex - posted on 04/22/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My lil one will be 6 wks tomorrow & my nipples have been thru hell!

The pain is much more tolerable now than it was from 2-4 weeks, partly because she isn't cluster feeding now as much as she was during those weeks.

She's a hungry lil thing, eats every 1-2 hrs still to this day. She does, however, let me sleep. Dream feed at 11pm, then at around 3am and 5:30am, again at 7, then we get up.

She's healthy & huge, so I know my milk is nice and flowing, but I'm still having trouble.

With my first child, we clicked and I only remember it hurting for the first 30 or so seconds for 2-3 days, then is was lovely and I nursed til 6 months. This go round, I intend to go a full year, maybe further.

But each day that ticks by, it doesn't get much better. Slowly, ever so slowly, my right one is getting better. My left one was cracked so badly I had to pump for 3 days. Now, I can finally wince thru the pain for the first 20-30 seconds, then it goes away. But, about 20-30 minutes into it, it's starts to sting and I can feel a little piece of my nipple being tugged/rubbed and it gets sore that way, as well.

I know our latch hasn't been the best but we consciously work on it each and every time and she's getting better. She doesn't open her mouth very wide- I try and wait for that split second she gets her mouth open really wide, and when we do- it's great. But again, about 20-30 mins into it, my nipple starts to get sore and I can feel some kind of rubbing & tugging in the right top corner of my nipple. Is this considered a 'lazy latch'?

I live on St. Croix in the USVI and there's not ONE la leche league person around. It says there is a person on St. Thomas, but she never answers her phone.

The people at the hospital told me our latch was 'perfect'.

I keep telling myself, I'll give up tomorrow and for 6 wks, that has kept me going. I won't give up but when does it get better? I've looked everywhere, it's all over the board; a couple weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 2-3 months, 6 months... I know everybody is different but 'it's not supposed to hurt', so when will it not hurt?

Any advice on how to heal cracked nipples QUICK, let me know. I'm currently doing the saline solution after BFing, followed by expressing on my nipples then applying lanolin & I do where breast pads- lansinoh brand.

I guess I would just like some reassuring more than anything... a light at the end of the tunnel would be lovely.

Thanks!

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Staci - posted on 04/22/2013

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Hey Alex, just remember it is just a phase. One thing I can reccomend is putting baby oragel on your nipples before feeding, it wont hurt your little one and may give you some relief. Also, try to alternate feeding positions when you can, have you tried feeding her in other positions? That way, the rubbing wont always be in the same spot.

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Staci - posted on 04/22/2013

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Ya if you have a boppy you can put it to the side of you and lay the baby's lower body by your side, That position was comfortable for me, or lay on your back with baby resting on your tummy, with her head resting on your upper arm

Alex - posted on 04/22/2013

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Laying down facing each other & that's it. I will have to explore other options though- makes sense.
Thanks

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