Hi, everybody! I have a lovely 7 month old daughter who is thriving and growing like a weed. Our breastfeeding experience has been extremely rocky from the start. It took an abnormally long time for my milk to come in, and we ended up supplementing with formula for the first 13 weeks. Miraculously, after I went back to work I was soon able to pump enough to get her off the formula and we didn’t look back.
I have always been prone to plugged ducts, but recently she has started sleeping through the night. That, coupled with a recent bought of mastitis followed by thrush and then a killer cold on top of all of that has resulted in a pretty nightmarish month for me. I am routinely waking with excruciating plugs that take several days to resolve (where previously it was almost always very easy to get them out) and now my supply is starting to suffer. I have considered waking at night to pump to try to head off the plugs, but I was hoping my supply would regulate to her needs. So far we are on day ten of sleeping through the night and that does not seem to be happening (at night any way, I am seriously struggling during the day to pump enough for her bottles).
I am not looking for advice to get plugs out. I have tried everything known to (wo)man. I have seen a lactation consultant, my pediatrician, and my OB. Nobody really has any suggestions for me. I guess I am just looking for support. I don’t want to wean at all, but I cannot handle the constant pain and stress that is starting to be my daily routine. Sometimes I feel like I am missing out on enjoying my daughter’s first year and exciting milestones because I am just looking forward to being done with all of this. But then again, I have fought and struggled to get to the point of exclusively breastfeeding and I feel like a ridiculous failure if I just give up. I am really bad at failing at things.