So one of my friends is 28 weeks along now, and wants to BF. She's going to lactation classes and wants me to come with her as the classes are on during the days when her hubby can't get off work until later.
She got sent these pamphlets and a mini-book on reasons why women choose to BF and why some women choose not to, and we flipped through them. They were lovely, said there was no shame in being unable to BF and had numbers to call to talk to someone about switching to formula. Really nice!
Anyway, it said that all BFing women go through a period in the first few weeks where BFing become incredibly painful, the baby has trouble latching, milk is slow starting and never enough, nipples bleed, scab, chafe and may even get infected, and it becomes too painful for some women to continue.
however, it said this is called the 'Breastfeeding Bump', and may only last for a few hours, or days at the most, and if you push through the pain, it'll soon fix up.
Now, when I had DD, I hadn't let any milk down yet, and there was only a tiny drip of colostrum, not enough for her. The lactation nurse insisted I keep going, and visited every hour to make sure I wasn't, in her words, "being a coward".
In the second day, my nipples were bleeding and I was in such agony that I begged them for heavy painkillers; I couldn't sleep or eat, cool and warm packs had no effects, I was sweating in pain. The nurse told me it didn't hurt that much and to just get over it or my baby would get sick.
On the start of the third day, the day before I went home, DH bought formula and DD ate for the first time.
It was simply too agonising for me, the pain was so bad that I became dizzy and was going to pass out when we tried latching on the second night.
I know now my lactation nurse was a harassing bully and now I wouldn't have any trouble reporting her to the hospital, but back then I was so confused by the pain and by DD's screaming that I just did whatever she told me to do.
Is this 'breastfeeding bump' thing true? Does it only persist for a day or two?
Has anyone here experienced it?