Hi, I'm new to these threads, but not so new to breastfeeding. I have a son that just turned 2 last month, and I am due in early July with son number 2. I had many problems with my first son, and I'm getting a little worried that I am going to end up with the same this time.
My son Caleb, didn't seem to latch well so I went to see a lactation consultant. She did help and I thought things were getting better, but they didn't. He soon was having trouble again which let to severe pain for me. I went back several times and even had his tongue clipped (the skin that connects his tongue to the bottom) to try to help his latch. Nothing helped, I ended up cracked and bleeding, which quickly led to thrush. I had such sharp pains when I would nurse, it would shoot down my arm.
After trying ointments and shields and you name it, I had to give in and pump instead of nurse. He had the bottle from day 1 so he did well, but for me my nipples were so damaged that even pumping was painful. He nursed for 4 months and I pumped for another 5 before I just dried up.
I guess I just want to hear that not all babies nurse the same and that my sensitive nipples won't neccissarily be a problem again. Do you have any tips to keep my nipples 'strong'? I'm not washing them with soap and I have Hydrocordizone Ointment and an anti-fungal cream on hand. Any suggestions?