So here's my story.
I went to a BF class at the MWC with an IBCLC. When DD cried all night her 2nd night at the hospital, and a nurse says its bc she's hungry and I'm not making enough milk yet, I knew enough to say no thank you. There was a LC at the hospital who saw us in the morning, and helped with lots of tips on latch. We had trouble still with latching at first, and it hurt. I got some scars, and met with another LC at DD's pediatrician. They helped us with a BF magazine, triple ointment, and a nipple cover. It felt so much better to use the nipple protector, but when after a day DD wouldn't take my nipple without the cover I decided I would not use it and be patient with it. It still hurt for almost 2 months I had pains shoot through my shoulder when I BF. I knew if we got better at latch it would get easier, and it did. I planned on returning to work when she turned 2 mos, but we had just gotten the hang of things. She eats every hour still, at 4 1/2 mos. It doesn't hurt anymore, except sometimes my nipples hurt when I pump. The day after she turns 5 mos, I return to work AND nursing school, with a clinical day at the hospital. I'll be gone 40 hrs a week and may only be able / have time to pump on lunch break, in the car on the way, in the morning before I leave, maybe once at night if I'm not too tired? I plan on nursing more at night to make up for it too for being away from her during the day. Any other nursing students out there making it work?
Received some conflicting advice recently. Her ped says to give her bottles now to get her used to it? DMIL says she needs big 8 oz bottles to feed her, that's what her babies all took and she worked in a DC, too? Also she says CIO and she needs to sleep all night by now. DB says it'll just be easier to give formula, but I am dedicated to do the best for DD! I will try my best for at least a year. Thanks for any input from those of you who have BTDT! We never would have made it this long without all the help of many LC's. It's tougher than I thought it would be.