On the fence!

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Registered: 07-10-2014
On the fence!
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 12:36am

I have been trying to breastfeed for about six weeks now. The problems I have ran into are driving me crazy. First the latching which was so easy at the hospital my baby latched first time everytime until my milk came in. I went to a latchtation consultant and she gave me a nipple gaurd to help until my boobs went down. Well my baby would never take to my nipple again but it did help so if it meant still breastfeeding I kept it up and used it at every feeding. Talk about annoying because you have to wash it after every feeding and it leaks some but I dealt with it for my baby. Now on to my most difficult mountian to climb and still climbing my supple. I know they say every two hours feed well I have been doing that and my feedings last 45mins to and hour. So by the math and time I was literally feeding about every hour and it was exhausting. On top of that I have a 3 year old who also needs me and its stressful when i cant help her until I am done. So I have been eating oat meal twice a day which helps a lot plus I am taking brewers yeast with tons of water. Well my babys weight was just not increasing and thats why i was having to feed so long. So I went to supplementing and it helped a lot. Until now she is refusing the nipple! I am going crazy at times with trying to keep this up. I got a really good pump and started pumping. I have read a lot about pumping only and I dont know if I want to start doing that or to just keep push on and hoping I can stop the supplementing. Its been hard because my husband just wants me to go to formula and I had to with my first and it was way easier then this has been but I think breastfeeding has way more benefits. I just want to know will it get easier? If so when? I just dont know if i can handle feeding every hour for months.