I'm a FTM w/a 6 1/2 wk boy. I'm overwhelmed w/how little I knew about breastfeeding and some bad advice I was given in the early days and weeks. I'd like to tell my story. If anyone sees and red flags or has any advice, please reply.
I had mastitis in my right breast when my LO was 2 wks. Very sore cracked nipples. I started EP due to the pain of nursing.
I started trying to nurse again last week. My left nipple is a little bigger and looks like a tube of lipstick when he stops nursing. Left nipple also looks like there's a crater in the middle. My right nipple is smaller and just looks smooshed flat when he's done. Both nipples are a pinkish purple color when I finish pumping (almost bruised colored). Nursing is painful when he latches then just uncomfortable the rest of the time. His latch looks ok. He has the fish lip look.
I have itchy burning feeling in my breast and sometimes my nipple when I nurse.
I can nurse for 30+mins on each side and he's still not satisfied. I pump off another 1-1.5 oz after nursing, top him off and he's good.
I would like to nurse when I'm home and bottlefeed while I'm at work, but I can't commit 1+hrs to nursing at night and work full time during the day and still be a coherent mom or wife.
I'm trying to increase my milk supply to prepare for when I go back to work in a wk and a half. So far i'm only 1-2 bottles ahead. I'm pumping every 2-3hrs and taking fenugreek. At 2hrs I get about 1/2 a bottle feeding. At 3hrs I get a full feeding. He's taking 3.5-4oz at each bottle feeding.
Thank in advance for any help or comments.