November 19th, 2014, 09:25 PM
I'm new to the site / forum. I have decided to post as I am at a complete loss with breastfeeding my one month old daughter. As a matter of fact my issues are very similar to what another member described in her post (LINK).
I had a rocky start as I did not know what to do when DD was first born. I received a bit of help in the hospital but when we came home I wasn't providing her with enough food, and she was almost constantly crying. Four days later, we visited a lactation consultant at the hospital that showed me the basics - we settled on a football hold as DD moves her head around a lot. Fast forward two weeks later, I don't know what happened but I started to experience a stabbing pain at the bottom of my nipple. I cringed every time I put DD on, and had to often re-latch her. I switched to a cross-cradle position but we never fully recovered. I could get her latched on without pain on the left side after few tries, but the right one was completely out of service. I continued to feed her only on the left side thinking it was sufficient (she'd stay on for about 20 minutes, and go to sleep). At the start of last week, she started to get extremely fussy, she'd battle me the minute I'd try to latch her on, she'd push me away, move her head around, move her tongue - it was a complete nightmare. Three days into it, I again went to see LC. To my despair, the LC checked her weight, and she was still not back at her birth weight. I was not feeding her...