Hi! My baby is six weeks old now, and I have pretty much lost all hope of successfully breastfeeding him. From day one it has been painful every time he latches on...like a vice clamping down on my nipple. Within a few days of his birth, my nipples were excruciatingly painful and completely torn up, so I started pumping for him.
Since then, I have seen two different IBCLCs, a doctor who specializes in breastfeeding problems, a pediatric dentist to check for tongue tie, and an osteopath for craniosacral therapy twice. The doctor also took cultures and put me on antibiotics for mastitis.
At this point, I am feeling pretty hopeless. I put the baby to the breast a couple of times a day, but it's still so painful, and the more I try to nurse him, the worse it gets. Additionally, he isn't tranferring milk well either, do we both end up frustrated.
I am glad I'm pumping enough for now to meet his needs, but I'm not sure how long I can keep this up (I also have an 11 year old with a busy schedule, two year old twins with special needs, and a husband who is always at work).
Everyone says his latch "looks great" but my nipple is always flat/ lipstick shaped at the end of a feeding. The doctors said the problem is that he has a tight jaw. It seems like he never gets into a good sucking rhythm (long sucks and swallows), and even after a long time at the breast he drinks a bottle afterwards, and I'm still able to pump a lot after he nurses.
I am so depressed about this. Does anyone have any suggestions?