I am currently EBF my 12 week old. It has been an awful adventure after a very straightforward feeding experience with my first. I had severe cracking and bleeding nipples in the first week which followed with 5 bouts of mastitis all requiring antibiotics. The last was at 8 weeks where I ended up in hospital for 4 days on IV. Noone could figure it out and finally referred me to a special clinic where DD was diagnosed with a posterior tongue tie and very high bubble palate. The tt can not be fixed.
We are using shields to allow her to coordinate her suck. She does not transfer well (hence chronic mastitis) and is struggling to gain weight. Even with shields my nipples are white and sore post feeds and sensitive between. I am feeding her and pumping 4 times a day maintain supply and drain breasts.
She is not able to work out sucking on a bottle and we have a special needs feeder on its way to top up.
Searching for positive stories from similar moms. Did it get better when they grew into it?
How old before it did?
I hate how challenging this is for both her and me. Add on a 2.5 year old and this has been a rough year!
Thanks for any comments made.