Hi all, feeling a bit emotional tonight. My baby girl is just a week old. She was born 4 weeks premature and is in the special care nursery still with a nasogastric tube in. Originally she was being fed formula through the tube but I have been expressing for 5 days and have a good supply now so she hasn't had formula in 48hrs which is wonderful. Because she's premature I am told her sucking isn't great and we need to get that right so she can be discharged in the next week. I'm still in hospital too due to some complications so I'm able to attend every feed at the moment.
So my issue is that when we first attempted breastfeeding she obviously didn't latch right (god I wish I asked for more help the first few times) and she's hurt my nipples. They're cracked and a bit scabby. It's incredibly painful to feed now. I don't think they're getting much worse but they're not getting better and very very tender. The feeding schedule is also intense. I'm currently feeding her every 4hrs and expressing after each feed. her feeds are ok not great in terms of ability to latch and suck well. She is getting topped up via the tube and we're also needing to get her onto a bottle as they will not discharge her without her being able to suck feed breast and bottle so we can maintain her weight. I'd rather no bottle but don't have that luxury.
Sorry this has turned into an epic story! Just looking for advice and encouragement as I really want to keep going. Any tips for the soreness? Am going to get the midwives to check every latch now as I'm paranoid we're doing something wrong. I think my girl can sense I'm hesitant and in pain which is getting her frustrated at feed time. I'll see the lactation consultant again Monday but that's days away and I need help now!! I've just put hydrogel breast discs on to get some relief. Any tips, tricks, positive stories will be most welcome thanks so much.