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    Thumbs down Problems from the start

    I've desperately wanted to breastfeed ever since i knew about the great advantages of it. When I had my baby ( 3 weeks ago) We started right away, and kept at it all the time I was in the hospital . we didnt use pacifiers or bottles with formula. By the third night my nipples were so completely sore, cracked, bruised..it was obvious they had gone through distress. I couldn't continue. Since then we've bought a breast pump , and i've been bottle breastfeeding her. I pump every 3 or 4 hours, and save enough milk supply for her to only drink breast milk. I would like to go back to breastfeeding , except she does have a mild case of thrush, and my nipples havent completely cleared up yet. I have a few questions regarding my situation...first, am I pumping enough to keep my milk supply up> or will it start to diminish, since i'm pumping every 3-4 ..sometimes even 5 hours...second, she's on medication for her thrush, should i wait till its completely cleared up before i start again? my nipples havent cleared up yet...is it possible that i have a yeast infection from the thrush that cant be cleared up by the lanolin? can i use monistat to clear it up?i would appreciate any comments or advice. thanks so much.

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    Default Re: Problems from the start

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy Michelle View Post
    When I had my baby ( 3 weeks ago)
    Welcome and congrats!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy Michelle
    By the third night my nipples were so completely sore, cracked, bruised..it was obvious they had gone through distress. I couldn't continue.
    Ouch! Have you contacted your local LLL Leader or IBCLC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy Michelle
    Since then we've bought a breast pump , and i've been bottle breastfeeding her. I pump every 3 or 4 hours, and save enough milk supply for her to only drink breast milk.
    It's great that you're able to express enough to meet your baby's needs!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy Michelle
    I have a few questions regarding my situation...first, am I pumping enough to keep my milk supply up> or will it start to diminish, since i'm pumping every 3-4 ..sometimes even 5 hours...
    How many total times are you pumping per day? Many mothers find that eight times per day often gives the best results.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy Michelle
    second, she's on medication for her thrush, should i wait till its completely cleared up before i start again?
    The sooner you get baby back to the breast, the easier it will be. However, this might be very painful if your nipples are still cracked and chapped. I would suggest trying to clear up her thrush a day or two more, work on clearing up your nipples, and in the meanwhile find some local help for the latch/thrush issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy Michelle
    my nipples havent cleared up yet...is it possible that i have a yeast infection from the thrush that cant be cleared up by the lanolin?
    VERY possible. If you feel you have thrush, lanolin is not a very good option. In fact, many mothers find that helps feed thrush. Here is more info on thrush:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/thrush.html (don't forget to click on the article Yeast and the Breastfeeding Family)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommy Michelle
    can i use monistat to clear it up?
    According to The Breastfeeding Answer Book Third revised edition pg 482, yes. Monistat is listed under treatment options for mother. Here's a quote:

    Miconazole--over-the-counter treatment. US brand names Mycatin, Monistat-Derm cream or lotion (2%). To use: Appy to nipples/areolae two to four times daily for seven days.
    HTH!

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