Re: Don't know what else to do...
Welcome and congratulations both on the baby and to making it to a month. I know exactly how hard it is when your beautiful breastfeeding dream turns into a breastfeeding nightmare. I also remember thinking "I am supposed to be enjoying my baby, not struggling in pain!" when my first daughter's awful latch had me in a similar position. I swore multiple times that I was going to nurse let time and then switch to formula, but I didn't do it and in the end I was very glad I had kept on, because things did get better. As time went on, I was able to ditch the formula, and as my daughter grew her mouth grew, and that enabled her to get a better latch. I went on to nurse her until she was 3, and even though I have to say that the first few months of her life were some of the hardest of my life, they were worth it.
Okay, so that was the pep talk. Did it help? Now, on to the mechanics. Some questions for you:
- when baby nurses, when do you experience the most pain? At the beginning of a feeding, during the feeding, at the end, or after the feeding is over?
- how would you describe the pain- as a stabbing, pinching sensation, or as more of an itching or burning?
- when baby unlatches, what shape are your nipples? Are they symmetrical, like pencil erasers, or asymmetrical, like new lipsticks?
- do you notice any skin changes in your breasts? Increased redness, pinkness, shininess, patches of dry , peeling or flaking skin?
- how about cracks- do you see any of those?
- was the baby ever checked or treated for thrush? (it is important to treat both members of the nursing pair.)
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"