Re: Breastfeeding hurts so bad pls help
Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new baby!
When you're having difficulty with a newborn and painful nursing, the best thing you can do is to get professional, in-person help. So please call your local La Leche League or your local lactation consultant (preferably one who is an IBCLC). Your pediatrician and the hospital where your baby was born (unless you happened to give birth at home) are also good resources: they may have LCs/IBCLCs on staff.
Questions for you:
- When baby unlatches, is your nipple symmetrical, like a pencil eraser, or wedged/creased/ridged/shaped like a new lipstick?
- Do your nipples ever blanch (turn white/very pale) or perhaps blanch and then turn bluish purple before returning to their normal color?
- Do you experience pain after the feeding is over, perhaps for a long time in between feedings?
- Are you experiencing any of the following: itching, dry/flaking skin, white patches on the nipple, nipples appearing more red/pink than normal, cracked skin in the nipple/areola?
- Did you or baby have a recent course of antibiotics? (Trust me, it's relevant.)
- Do you or baby have any yeast infections (vaginal yeast in mom, yeast diaper rash or oral thrush in baby)?
At this point, I think it is vital that you get the baby on the breast so that she doesn't get hooked on the bottle and start rejecting the breast. You are correct that shields can cause problems and should be used with professional guidance, but with such a young baby it's more important to get the baby on the breast than to worry about what might/might not happen with the shield. That being said, once you're using the shield you should do the following:
- Get in-person professional help
- Watch baby's diaper output very carefully: the primary problem with shields is that they can reduce/slow milk transfer, leading to inadequate milk intake. Watching diaper output will help ensure that baby is getting enough to eat.
- If diaper output drops below normal, you need to either supplement with pumped milk (or formula if you don't have pumped milk) or start nursing without the shield.
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