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|Mon, 09-19-2011 - 6:33pm|
I've been meaning to write this post for a while but have been too busy with baby to sit down long enough to post. I've had trouble breastfeeding from the very beginning... Namely it hurt like Hell! My nipples were so incredibly sore from the day after she was born, they weren't cracked or bleeding or anything. It felt like my underlying breast tissue was incredibly bruised. By day 2 I was crying through every feeding. I saw 2 lactation consultants in the hospital. The first was the morning after Haven was born, so only a few hours really, & the pain wasnt excruciating yet. That LC said her latch looked good & the pain should go away. The second LC saw us the morning we were going home & by then it was awful. She tried to show me a new latching technique & it seemed to make things a little better at first but it was really hard to do (very cumbersome) & after we got home it wasn't helping anymore. It got to the point where I couldn't latch the baby. It was SO painful. I ended up giving the baby some formula (I sobbed the whole time & felt like a terrible mother, it was 4 am & Haven had been screaming for 2 hours bc she was hungry... I'd tried pumping for half an hour & nothing came out). I kept pumping (I was still getting hardly anything) & giving her the expressed milk and formula for a couple of days to let my nipples heal a little. I nursed every once in a while when I could stand it. After her 1 week appointment, my nipples were feeling a little better & I was determined to get back to exclusive breastfeeding. For the next two days Haven nursed almost constantly. My nipples got sore again but then I guess they toughened up bc it became bareable at least. Her feedings spaced out over the next couple of days to every 2-3 hours with one 4-5 hour spam at night. But, she was SO fussy. When she wasnt eating or sleeping she was crying. I thought it was gas/colic but when we went for her 2 week appointment Haven had lost weight :-/ she weighed less then when we left the hospital. The pediatrician said we needed to start supplementing with formula to get her weight up & suggested I pump after every feeding bc she may just be an inefficient eater or it could be supply issues. At first it seemed like I was getting enough to just supplement her with expressed milk but it wasn't consistent. I'd get enough one pumping and hardly anything the next. Now she is eating a lot more & my supply is definitely not keeping up. I get enough from pumping after nursing to give her expressed milk maybe every third feeding & even then she usually eats a little formula after. So right now I nurse, feed formula, then pump. The whole process takes at least an hour & a half & we repeat it every 3-4 hours. I feel like I'm never going to be able to leave the house again. I really want to get back to just breastfeeding but I have no idea if that is possible now. I've called a lactation consultant & have an appointment for her to come see us tomorrow... It is SO expensive though ($150/hr... Is that the normal rate??). I'm worried that we'll shell out the money, which we don't really have, & then it won't really help in the long run :-/ I'm really discouraged & not sure what to do. I never imagined breastfeeding would be this hard.