Long story short, I was not able to breastfeed with my first son (now 22 months old). He was 10 weeks early, so I pumped. My supply ended up dropping despite everything that I tried and I ended up switching to formula when he was two months old. It was very hard for me, I wanted to breastfeed but neither one of us were ready.
With that being said, I now have my second little boy who is 3 weeks old, born 37 weeks, 3 days. Breastfeeding went really well for the first week and most of the second. My nips were very sore until week 2 and then it seemed to subside. By the end of week 2 I started getting sore again and desperate. I wanted to quit. I made an appointment with a LC at the hospital by me and found out he is biting me. He won't put his tongue down or out of his mouth far enough and he is also flutter sucking. He does not have a tongue tie. I spent over an hour with two different LC trying to get him to latch on properly. My nipples, bc of the improper latch are a hot mess, bruised and sore. I called my OB and am going to be treated for thrush (just in case) and waiting on the compounding pharm. to fill my script for APNO.
In the mean time, the LC said to pump for a few days to let my nips heal and see if we can get him to keep his tongue down when he bottle feeds. He is getting better.
I have taken him to see a chiropractor to see if that would help (had no issues) and have had craino sacral therapy performed. Nothing seems to be helping.
I see a different LC on Friday but in the mean time, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice. I want more than anything to breastfeed but I feel like I'm failing. I don't know if I can keep up pumping and bottle feeding with a toddler running around. I'm flat out exhausted and feeling defeated.