- Mrs. DG
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2009
So Future Fisher prompted me to finally get it together to write this post. I’ve been struggling with breast feeding for a week now. I think there is this mistaken idea that it is so natural and easy, but if that’s so, then why am I suffering with it so much? So here is my story and what I’ve learned so far. I know MS is planning to weigh in when she can too 🙂
The first night I was in post-partum, our first nurse was charged with showing me the breast feeding ropes. I showed her what I was attempting, and she grabbed my breast and the baby’s head and said, “No, no, you are not being forceful enough!” She proceeded to slam Cecilia’s head repeatedly into my right breast until she was screaming and recoiling. It took me 1/2 hour each time to get the baby to latch that night. It was awful!
The next day I begged to see lactation, and the lactation consultant said she had just a few minutes so wouldn’t watch a feed and could only answer a few questions. I had a ton of questions though!!! She only answered with one word answers and then told me someone else would be by later. Grr…
The next consultant finally came and showed me how to make the breast into a sandwich so that the baby can latch more deeply. For bigger breasts it is incredibly hard to get these little guys to latch well, and this results in VERY VERY SORE nipples.
About 12 hours into breast feeding, I was very tender, and by about 24 hours I was chapped and raw. I’m allergic to lanolin, so I discovered the joys of 2nd skin burn pads. They are very soothing to chapped raw nipples. I also went out and got Sootheze pads which help protect things.
Well, things were getting worse and worse until our first pediatrician appointment. I cried at the visit because the baby was getting dehydrated and was crying in frustration at her inability to get anything to eat (my milk hadn’t come in yet by day 3. It can be delayed due to the epidural). She was down to 5 lb 7 oz 🙁
Luckily, my pediatrician rocks. She prescribed me a nipple cream that has nystatin (anti-fungal), mupirocin (anti-bacterial) and hydrocortisone (anti-inflammatory). It’s very soothing.
We agreed that I would pump, since that would help the milk come in and give me a break from her latch. We also supplemented with some formula (which I hated to do and the baby didn’t like either!) It had to be done because of the weight loss situation.
I’m still slightly scabbed over, but baby is learning to latch more deeply and my milk is in. I also got a nipple shield to provide some protection from an aggressive latch and that has provided some relief.
We went for follow up yesterday and Cecilia had gained 9 oz over the weekend. I was so gratified!
I can’t recommend 2nd skin burn pads and Sootheze enough!
I hope that others share their tips and tricks because this is definitely an art and not a science.