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    Default Comp feeding..

    I'm so confused. DD is 4 days old and we have been breastfeeding and hand expressing. My nipple pain is excruciating, I've persisted and now my nipples are cracking. They are covered in lansinoh and I'm using gel discs. She was given a formula feed last night in an attempt to give my nipples a break.

    Atm I am dreading the next feed and feel confused about what I should/could do. I also think the baby Blues are hitting and past feeding experiences are having an impact. I swore I wouldn't beat myself up like I did last time but it seems inevitable

    What are some possible options to help my nipples heal? Hiw have others comp fed?

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    Have you tried nipple shields? Could they help?

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    BTW congratulations!!!

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    It can be really, really tough and honestly, a baby just needs to be fed - whether it's breast milk or formula so please don't beat yourself up. You are doing an amazing job!

    Has your milk come in? Can you use a hospital pump rather than hand expressing? Your nipples need time to heal so really formula or EBM is the way to go - if you do want to keep your options open and maybe try to attach to the breast in a couple of days or whenever you feel up to it, then I'd go the EBM over the formula just to help keep your supply ticking along.

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    I find paw paw cream and rubbing milk into the Nipple helps. Also a hot before a feed and cold washer as compress helps too. Hugs hugs hugs. It will get better. It freaking hurts beyond belief I know. Big hugs.

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    I wanted to add that the odd bottle of formula won't dramatically impact your supply either so don't stress about that.

    I mix fed DD from 3 months and DS2 was tube fed for two months and then mix fed for another two months so not really comp fed but I'm happy to try and help with any questions xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    I wanted to add that the odd bottle of formula won't dramatically impact your supply either so don't stress about that.

    I mix fed DD from 3 months and DS2 was tube fed for two months and then mix fed for another two months so not really comp fed but I'm happy to try and help with any questions xx
    Thank you. I've got a good supply and I'm worried about messing it up so this is reassuring. I might try formula again tonight and express as well. I might be confusing comp and mix feeding... I think I meant mix feeding..

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    Maybe make an appointment to see a lactation consultant. I saw one after my little one was born and she was good in helping me get a good latch and better positioning of Bub, this helped.

    And keep up with the Lansinoh and gel discs, they helped me too.

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    Nipple shields really helped me. I hope they work for you

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    Second time round breastfeeding my nipples killed! Bertie has such a strong suck, smother your nipples in lactolin (not sure of spelling) after every feed and keep the saturated. Mine toughened up after 7-10 days. Once they heal they shouldn't crack again.

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