Hi there! New to the forums here and new to mommy-hood.
So I have fought really hard to EBF my 2 week old son (born 12/14). I had an emergent c-section due to baby being in distress while laboring. (He was also overdue by a week) I did have a large amount of IV fluids during labor when he started to get in trouble, and birth weight was 7lbs 2.8 oz. He had a 12.6% weight loss over our three day hospitalization and was down to 6lb 5oz prior to leaving hospital (They almost made us stay an extra day because of this!). However, he never had any jaundice. I met with the IBCLC at the hospital twice, and have been using a medela symphony breast pump. We supplemented at the hospital after every feeding with formula and as my milk came in, began supplementing with expressed breast milk. His weight was back on track at 12 day pediatrician weight check- 6 lb 15 oz and averaging approximately 1 oz wt gain per day. Did I mention I've also had a breast reduction ten years prior to pregnancy?!? Lol...
That all being said, after fighting so hard to get to breast feed LO, I find myself struggling to keep going because I have a HORRIBLY painful ulceration at the base of my nipple. The cracking I experienced initially was resolved pretty quickly with lanolin. However, this ulceration is so excruciating every time he latches and for the initial part of the feeding. I have tried airing it out, lanolin, moisture, dryness... I am a nurse and am very familiar with thrush/yeast infections-- this is not thrush at this point, and it does not appear to be infected. It does occasionally bleed very small amounts (Only noticed because of white nursing pads). Would nipple shields help? Should I go back to the LC to work with nipple shields? Pump for a few feedings instead? I have also tried switching up latches to try and change where the pressure is being placed on my nipple but continue to have tears brought to my eyes with pain every time he latches to that left side.
DS always seems to be satisfied with feedings afterwards. Another thing I've noticed is I have to wake him up for every three hour feedings. I do allow him to sleep for one five hour stretch per day. How long should I continue to wake him up for feedings? When can I just trust him to tell me when he needs to be fed and not be worried I'm starving him? So many new things to learn when you earn the title of "mommy!"