Something has been off with my 10 week old twins feeding yesterday and is causing me all sorts of pain!
One of my girls, E still uses a nipple shield to feed from when we were in hospital. I've tried to wean her off it, but her latch is very shallow and painful.
But she's not been putting on as much weight as her sister, and I wondered if the shield was stopping her from draining the breast properly as I haven't been getting that empty breast feeling in ages. I swap sides with them every 24hrs, and yesterday her feeding was all off kilter.
She was crying for food every 2 hours (normally they go 3-4) and then from 3pm onwards fed pretty much constantly. She also got over tired, and I struggled to get her to sleep. Finally settled at 11pm after resorting to an emergency formula top-up, and lately they have been doing a 4-5 hour stretch after the 9pm feed, so I thought I would express milk to start storing some in the freezer. Left breast felt odd, and even expressing I felt as though I couldn't empty it.
Then as it started to get quite full around 3am I was in agony! The whole right side of my left breast feels bruised. Other twin, G woke up and I had her feed from the left, as I thought I was just engorged. Cue eye watering pain as she fed! And then she never drained the breast either. So got out the pump to see if I could fully drain it to alleviate the pain, but only managed to get a measly 40ml out, and all the while was still in pain that I feel like I might throw up, even now.
Please help me, I need my breasts to be working 100% when I have the two of them to feed.