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PLEASE HELP- im in so much pain feeding :-( Lock Rss

Sorry for the late reply. Yes, squeeze you nipple like a pimple to get the build up inside out. Not if they're bleeding though.

I hope they're healing. You sound like you're doing a great job, you should never feel guilty for this kind of thing. I think sometimes we mums build up our own expectations and when it doesn't go to plan we think we have failed but that's not the case at all.

Mamalove! You are an angel.

Your children and partner are extremely lucky to have you in their lives. You really are an inspiration to all mothers.

I was able to breastfeed our first and only bub (for now) for his first two months. Mastitis and a low supply got the better of me sad

At the end of the day, regardless of your decision, you gave bubba the most important part of your breast milk. Whether you persevere or decide to go to formula which lots of Mummy's do, you deserve a badge of honour.

Just a few things that I found helped me during my short breastfeeding stint (so sorry if you've heard these all before):

Lanolin cream or paw paw ointment for nipples
Change the brand of breast shields or breast pads - you may find another works better for you
See a maternity bra specialist (sometimes the smallest changes have the biggest outcomes)
Cool face washers before/after feeds
Try expressing small amounts under a warm shower just before feeding time
You may benefit from taking a breastfeeding supplement (such as Blackmores pregnancy and breastfeeding gold)

I hope the lactation specialist is able to help you & whatever the outcome, I wish you and your little bubba all the best!

Hi, I haven't read all the replies so sorry if I'm just repeating. I had massive cracked nipples and pain while breast feeding my second.. Same thing.. Pain shooting down my arms and just agony. She was early so her mouth had trouble latching properly and it caused cracks, blisters and blocked ducts. I started expressing, I could feel it happening from the get go so I started taking at least fifty to hundred ml off each breast from the first week so it upped my supply so I could express a little easier.. Some people have problems with this effecting your supply and I did produce extra, but really having extra milk was not a problem in comparison and my post natal midwife and obstetrician said it's not a problem, I may get engorged every now and then but as I said, nothing in comparison. Expressing gave my nipples a chance to heal then I'd breast feed again until it was unbearable and back to expressing the next few feeds. By the time she was latching on properly at around two months I was expressing around 200-300 ml per day and it would never sit in the fridge longer then that day. I used an avent hand pump. So she had bottles and boob for the first few months.. Never anything but breast milk. Then I kept up my routine of both until around six months. It made it easy to wean aswell. My oldest was only fourteen months when I had her so I felt it helped all round.
Thanks everyone, I am hanging in there- but am exhausted as all 4 of us have had flu!.(me & the kids are bad enough but husband getting the 'man flu' is just the worst haha. So he has had formula each day as well as breast milk- Expressed for a few days then decided to try him again as I felt slightly less sore & thrush had seemed to have gone. I have been you-tubing up a storm & dont think I was getting a wide mouth latch so am trying a few things & it seems to be a bit less sore but thrush is back with a vengeance! sad Cant win! I am setting myself short term goals in the meantime & will try 'keep my eye on the prize'. My son is now 5weeks & have set a 3month goal- might sound pathetic as its not long but for me anything would be better than nothing! I am also really suprised/happy (touch wood) how well he is now going from bottle to boob. Yay! If i can get my supply up a bit again & get rid of this horrible thrush we might just get to my original goal of 12months! xxx
am absolutely stinging today & have been diagnosed with Raynauds- am beside myself, that means ive had every single issue now with feeding. Am about to admit defeat sad Thanks so much again, will let you know what I decide but back to expressing today as am in too much pain for my son to feed off me which breaks my heart sad x
I just wanted to say you are doing an amazing job. You have suffered so much and still not given up. I would not blame you if you did.

I really hope that things improve. But just remember that you have done your best no matter what you decide. Whatever you decide will be the right decision for you and your DS.

Dont feel guilty for giving your bub formula! The pressure other people put on you to bf is just not right. I had very similar problems and struggled through by mix feeding from 5 weeks to 3 months, which is when I switched to fully formula fed. Now I enjoy my daughter, before she felt like a chore. I do not nor will I ever feel guilty for feeding my bub. I guess as Im 41 I've learnt to take shit from no one. So to the person who told me too my face that I was poisoning her and the other mum who told me that I obviously dont love her should be ashamed of themselves. They were told in no uncertain terms to F off and dont come back because quite frankly I dont have the time to waste on idiots.

Do whats best for you and never ever feel guilty for feeding your baby the way you choose

I'm with me+huh+3. You're amazing!!

If you do stick with breast feeding - wow! You are incredible to keep going through that physical and emotional pain to continue breastfeeding your baby!

If you move to full time formula - you are increidible to have continued with breastfeeding for as long as you have! I probably would have given up a long time ago! No one can say you didn't try hard enough!

Whatever you end up doing you are an awesome Mumma for doing as much as you can to give your child the best start in life. Good job you grin

"Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do."

Hi mammalove. Hope things are going better for you now!

Just saw an ad for a website selling 'Raynauds and low milk supply products' and I thought of you.
Not sure if it's too late now, but here it is just in case smile

"Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do."

Zinkles wrote:
Hi mammalove. Hope things are going better for you now!

Just saw an ad for a website selling 'Raynauds and low milk supply products' and I thought of you.
Not sure if it's too late now, but here it is just in case smile

Awwww thank you so much for thinking of me! That is so lovely smile My son is now 6 1/2weeks. I am still feeding/expressing around 3-4feeds per day then formula for the rest. Ive had mastitis again & currently have blistered/rash due to allergic reaction to a cream sad So frustrating when I had my heart so set on feeding! I will try & get to 2months but at this point I will be giving up completely sometime soon. Not worth the stress & sanity i am losing when I have a 2sons & a husband (plus myself) to try & look after.

Oh no! You can't catch a break can you? sad

I can understand why stopping would be sad, but it's definitely not worth your sanity!

Hugs to you, and here's hoping things look up for you soon!

"Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do."

Sorry that you're still having such a battle of it! Just shows you that breastfeeding is certainly not 'natural' for all bubs/mums (I had that too!). Not sure if you've already been trying it, but I found it really helped to have a steaming hot flannel (rinsed under hot water from tap) on the breast while expressing - helped with getting all the milk down. Kept my mastitis from coming back smile Hope you heal soon!!
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