I am suffering the exact same problem. Here is a question I submitted to the LLC help page. I can understand exactly how you are feeling as I have had loads of ups and downs with this. I keep thinking get to the next health visitor meeting or get to Friday etc etc. I am also pumping, but It takes an age and you only just finish only to start again. I have also drawn blood feeding and had to bite on my shirt to help the pain. I just can't figure this out?!! Keep me posted and I will you if you find a solution!
My question to LLC
I would be very grateful for your help with my problem.
I had Luca 3.5 weeks ago and we have struggled with breastfeeding from the start. It has become more and more painful as time has gone on. I have had 8 different midwives and health visitors watch me feeding him and none note any problem with my technique.
He feeds for about 5 mins, but after that time I suffer greater and greater pain until it becomes unbearable. When I extract my nipple it is flattened at at 45^ angle and the tip is rigdged and had red sores on. Initially 1 midwife wondered if he was tongue tied, so we had his tongue snipped. Having read your articles on tongue tie this seems to be the exact same symptoms I am suffering from:
1. Sore Nipples that become more painful the longer we feed.
2. Long Feeds - he never comes off from his choice and will feed / suck for hours. I tend to take him off after 40 mins.
3. Very frequent feeds (he is not getting milk out effectively?)
4. He is chomping at the base of my nipple / areola which begins to feel bruised.
He didn't put on any weight until 3.5 weeks, and kept loosing weight. We had a weigh in before and after 15 mins of feeding and he put on very little weight 20g.
As breastfeeding has become unbearable I am mixing breastfeeding with expressed milk feeding. I am also offering top up feeds with formula as he seems so hungry. Sometimes he takes 3 fluid oz and sometimes non - 0.5 fluid oz. I am trying to limit the formula, but he is unsettled and hungry so I feel this is the best solution.
I have also been treated for Thrush as has Luca as one midwife wondered if this was the cause. We are finishing off the treatment, though I was never convinced I had this and the treatment does not seem to have had any effect.
When expressing I am able to express 2-4 fluid oz at each session (every 3 hours during the day, 6 sessions per 24hrs) I have been feeding Luca every 3 hours as feeding on demand did not work for us. He was very sleepy week 1 and 2.
Luca has also done lots of wet nappies, but was almost 2 weeks without a dirty nappy. He is passing lots of wind.
Our birth was very straight forward. No drugs and water birth. We had skin to skin for 1hour after birth. He is a very contented baby and only unsettled when hungry.
We did give Luca a dummy at in week 1 as 1 midwife suggested he might be a sucky baby. The dummy has settled him after a feed, but he only needs a dummy if he hasn't had enough. If I feed him then top up with either expressed or formula he is very settled and no need for a dummy.
1. My technique is poor?
2. My nipples are too big (they are big) - but he is a big baby.
3. His mouth is too bit / small?
4. He developed a habit prior to the tongue tie op and is continuing it (he had the tongue tie op at 2 weeks.
5. I have over sensitive nipples?
6. He has a very strong suck - he is a big strong baby.
Any suggestions very welcome as I am totally at a loss!!