I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with our 2nd baby girl and am being proactive about bfeeding this time. I was totally unprepared last time and really struggled. Every nurse gave us different advice and I failed. I was only able to feed her for 6 weeks and my supply was pathetic. I know now that I shouldn't have supplemented with formula in the hospital, but as a FTM, I didn't know better.
My main problem was my nipples, for which I am going to start conditioning them before with cream, and the pain. Towards the end, I started getting sharp pains in my breasts AFTER I fed. We went to the doc and she said it wasn't thrush, but the pain was so intense, I would fall over in tears. I tried to keep doing it but just couldn't.
I know part of my supply issue was due to supplementing and my not eating well due to being so tired, so I plan on fixing that this time, but how can I handle the pain? I read on another post to take the good bacteria pills to ward off yeast infections, but what else can I do. I still feel guilty for quitting so early with my first daughter, but want to really try harder this time and be successful. My wildest dream is to have so much milk that I can give it to my older daughter (2.5 years old) so she can get some benefit now, but I know that's a pipe dream.
Appreciate any help or advice!!!!