I posted a topic in the pumping forum with a couple questions and some of the replies got me thinking about breastfeeding my now 8 day old baby girl.
A short history on me: My first baby was unable to latch correctly and being a brand new mom, I was scared and started my pumping career. I pumped for 5 months for him. Here I am now with my second baby and am pumping exclusively again. She was doing relatively well while we were in the hospital as far as nursing goes. I had to use a nipple shield though. Soon as we got home though, the first night she had a little bit of trouble and frustration and I cracked. Out came the pump and I've been pumping ever since.
Some of the ladies in my other topic suggested continuing with breastfeeding. Is it not too late? I feel as though she will be so frustrated at the breast and will scream and cry because she is used to the bottle. I certainly have no issues with milk production as I am already putting out 3-4 ounces per breast at each pumping session.
I am hesitant though because EPing just seems easier... I know it isn't really in the long run, but it just seems that way. With EPing, I am able to know exactly when I need to pump and know that I only have to do it for 15 minutes each time. When it's time for my daughter to eat, I can see how much she is eating. I hate having to store the pumped milk and would love not having to mess with it if I were able to breastfeed.
I am finally over the engorgement stage. My breasts hurt so badly, almost to point where I was ready to give up even pumping and switch to formula. It just seemed as if the pain would never go away. I stuck it out though and feel much better. If I were to try to breastfeed, the engorgement would probably happen again, right? My baby is no where near eating as much as I am pumping right now. Wouldn't that hurt my overall supply?
I just wish I could have a LC come stay with me for a whole week to help me learn to breastfeed my baby. I really do wish I could do it. I just don't know that I can.