April 8th, 2017, 02:30 AM
Hi all - my daughter is 6 weeks old and we've been through the ringer trying to breastfeed. I had a c-section but was able to breastfeed right afterwards, and things seemed off to a smooth start. After a few days however, it became clear that although she would latch, something was wrong bc it was very painful and my nipples became extremely damaged. Upon the advice of my IBCLC, I stopped BF'ing and pumped for 5 days, allowing my nipples to heal and trying to protect my supply. During that time, we supplemented with formula, which we still do today.
Since then, however, my baby seems to hate nursing. She was diagnosed with posterior tongue tie and lip tie, which were revised about 3 weeks ago. While the revision has fixed the pain when she latches, she still screams and cries when I try to get her to nurse. For the past few days, we use a nipple shield and an SNS, and I've been able to get her to nurse on one side for approx 10 minutes (she took .8 oz from the SNS and .6 oz from me, last time we checked). However, when I try to switch her to the next breast, she screams and cries and pulls the SNS and shield off me. I end up in tears, my husband bottle feeds her, and then I pump. An hour later, the whole process starts over (that is, if I have the strength to try, plenty of times we just give her a bottle of expressed milk and/or formula).
I'm exhausted from trying everything, and from getting my hopes up each feed, only to have little to no progress. I'm...