Re: Please help!!! Ouch newborn bitng terrible pain
So you think you have cracks, but the ob says no? Can you describe the appearance of your nipples for us? For example:
-Do you see any cracks?
-How about areas that appear blistered or scabbed?
-Is the skin of the nipple more pink or red than normal, do you see any flaking or peeling skin?
-When baby unlatches after nursing, are your nipples shaped more like pencil erasers (symmetrical) or more like new lipsticks (asymmetrical, creased, or wedged)?
Your baby is a month old. Have you been having problems since birth, or is the pain you are experiencing new?
You say your MIL is being unhelpful, pushing formula on you. Can you or your husband ask her to kindly stop suggesting it? When a mom is having difficulties, she does not need to have her fragile confidence undermined!
To answer your questions:
- Yes, you can pump milk for your baby and avoid pain from nursing, but it's often not a good idea. Pumping may seem like the easy way out right now, but in the long run it is much, much harder than nursing. It takes longer, it is harder to maintain milk supply, it requires mom to do huge amounts of additional work to produce, store, warm, feed, and transport milk, etc. However, if nursing is so excruciating that you are unable to face it, it's probably okay to introduce a bottle or two per day. And if you skip feedings, you must pump, or your milk supply will quickly dwindle away.
-Using a nipple shield may be a good solution for you. However, shields can reduce milk transfer to the baby and result in low supply, so it is important to use them with guidance from a professional. Do you have a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, available to you? I think you would really benefit from some hands-on help.
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