You poor thing, that sounds so painful and exhausting. Have you thought about sourcing some additional support from a community-based lactation consultant? They are often available thought the local council or you could source someone privately. I had lots of trouble with DS and found their help invaluable (I went with someone private and found the assistance was better). Alternatively your council might have a day-program for breastfeeding help? The one I went to was almost a full day so they saw multiple feeds. They also provided general tips on settling, etc.
early breastfeeding with my DS was super painful and such a struggle but it generally does get better with regards to pain. I don't have experience with introducing formula for some feeds so will leave that up to others. I know my sister introduced formula top ups from birth (her milk took ages to come in). She went on to phase them out and breastfed until 12mths.
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13-07-2014 07:56 #51
13-07-2014 07:57 #52
Sorry I just read your earlier post re: a LC. Do you have follow up appts organised with her?
13-07-2014 08:08 #53Senior Member
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Will bub take a dummy for short periods to give you a little bit of a break? The pain can definitely get better so I really hope he's just feeding heaps right now to get your supply going. Do you have details of the drop in feeding clinics for some extra support?
13-07-2014 08:14 #54
There is no way either of my babies could go 3hours between feeds at that age. I know some BF and formula fed babies happily go onto a 3-4 hour schedule pretty early, but not mine! They both had formula top-ups, so nothing to do with not getting full each feed, just little tummies. Both fed about 2 hourly with cluster feeding followed by maybe a 3-4 hour break some time at night.
I loathed expressing. It is completely disheartening to see a few measly mls in the bottom of the bottle after 30 minutes. I persisted with DD but with DS I stopped almost right away. It may nor have been the best choice for my nipples or my supply, but it was for my mental wellbeing.
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13-07-2014 17:24 #55
Re: cabbage leaves, they can actually effect your supply this early on so maybe try potato slices if you need to.
13-07-2014 17:35 #56
It sounds like you're going through a really rough time! I don't believe that breastfeeding is supposed to hurt like that nurse said.
My only advice is if it's making you miserable there's no harm in switching to formula. Once I did that I was a much happier mumma and could finally enjoy my baby (who is now a tall, slim, highly intelligent, very healthy 3.5 year old
I do remember feeling like I had to get someone's permission to stop trying BF though, which in hindsight makes no sense but when you're in those early days of being a mum and doubting yourself it's so hard.
So just know that however it works out, you're a fantastic mum and you're going to enjoy this new, amazing experience
13-07-2014 18:02 #57
13-07-2014 19:19 #58
I couldn't read and not reply.
I had the same issues with Ds2.
No LC in town and the nurses at the hospital were nasty.
Bub wouldn't take a bottle and had me destroyed in a day. Long story short Bub had a tongue tie no one would listen until he was 4 months. I feed with an eye drop as bottle was no better than breast.
Formula was my sanity but don't worry too much.
If you can keep some supply you can get Bub back on the boob when your ready.
It's called re-lactating. Takes work but once Bub is older is easier.
PM me if you want to.
Ds2 is 17 months and fully bf.
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13-07-2014 23:42 #59Senior Member
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I try to express at various times. The amount varies but the max ive ever got is 60ml & that took forever.
I'll look for a private lc & try to gk to a drop in clinic
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13-07-2014 23:47 #60
Pumping in the morning is the best time. And it's not how long you pump that makes a difference but how often.
I have an image of descriptions of a newborn's stomach size which helps put in perspective why they fill up fast and are hungry so soon after. Remember breastmilk is really easily digested.
I'll go find it!
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