Re: Breastfeeding and possibly pumping???
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby girl!
The first thing I have to say is that it is absolutely ideal that your brand new newborn is not on a schedule! Schedules are the enemy of breastfeeding success. Milk supply is created and maintained by the baby's demand, and any time a mom spaces her baby's feedings out to some artificial interval, she's setting herself up for trouble. Restrict demand and you will decree supply. Of you talk to the moms of intensively schedules babies, you will often discover that breastfeeding worked okay for the first few months, but then the mom's supply "mysteriously" dried up and they had to start supplementing with formula. So stay away from schedules! When your baby is a little older, you can aim for a flexible but consistent routine where events like wake-up, naps, sleep, bath, tummy time, etc. happen roughly around the same time, while baby continues to feed whenever she wants.
The second thing I strongly suggest is to stay away from pumps and bottles for the next few weeks!!! Right now, when your baby is brand-new, you have the absolute best opportunity to get breastfeeding going right. The baby is just starting to learn how to latch and nurse efficiently. Artificial nipples can screw that learning process up, because babies latch onto and drink from bottles completely differently from the way they do from the breast. Many babies who get bottles early on become confused by the ease of bottle-feeding and start rejecting the breast- you don't want either of those things!
The other reason you don't want to mess with the pump is that most moms start out making more milk than their babies need. Pumping in addition to nursing can perpetuate or worsen oversupply and engorgement, which can make nursing more difficult and result in increased pain to mom.
The pain and tenderness you're going through probably have nothing whatsoever to do with how long your baby nurses. Nursing speed and efficiency is very variable, even with newborn babies. Some newborns take 30-40 minutes to nurse, while others get a full feeding in just 5-10 minutes of nursing. If your pain is the result of your milk just coming in and you being engorged, the best thing you can do is to continue to nurse on demand and allow your milk supply to find the right level.
This link has suggestions for coping with engorgement: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/engorgement/
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