Today, 06:51 AM
I guess I was just wondering if anyone had gone through this particular issue before and had a general idea of how long relearning generally takes (days, weeks, months). I understand that it's not something that will happen instantly and takes work, but I thought it would help if I had some sort of goal to get me through the rough parts.
I've gotten a few recommendations for a specific IBCLC to see, but unfortunately, this is a holiday week, so I have to wait until next week to see her.
Baby is a few days shy of 4 weeks, and has been gaining weight within the normal range. It's hard to say if he's fully satisfied after eating, because sometimes I can go 3 hours on one feed, and other times, I can only make it 30 minutes before he's crying for more. He almost always stays on each breast for 20+ minutes (both sides each feeding). I hear the gulping/swallowing sound maybe every 3-4 sucks typically, but occasionally he will choke (maybe once or twice during the entire 40 minute feeding). Based on pumping, I seem to be producing plenty of milk, and he generally empties my breasts after feedings.
I'm not sure how to describe the pain. Thankfully, I haven't had any sort of cracked, bleeding nipples since the first week. Now, the nipples are just really sore and sensitive (I understand there's a process of getting used to BFing, but I feel like this is more than that based on my past ability of handling pain). After feeding, they're a light pink color (no clue if...