Hi, my name is Claire. I have a daughter Beth who is 15 months old and a new little son Matt who was just born on April 19th. He was born at only 29 weeks so he is in the NICU for the time being..I can't wait to bring him home! Considering how early he was though he is very healthy - we just have to wait for him to get off his feeding tube to come home. Since he is too young to nurse really I have been pumping full-time since his birth. I rented the medela double electric pump from the hospital At first everything was going great. About four days ago though one on my nipples became clogged. You can literally see the clog..the nipple is buldging out on both sides. It's about three times bigger than my other nipple and is hard a rock. It looks like it just full of fluid but no matter how I try I can't get it out. It has become extremely painful to pump but so far I have stuck with it. Right now I am only getting anywhere from a half an ounce to two ounces from that breast though - my other good breast gives me about 4-5 ounces. After I finish pumping it is still hard and full of milk - I just can't get it out. I don't have a fever or other signs of a breast infection but I'm afraid I'm going to get one if things don't improve. I have been in touch with the lactation consultant from the hospital and she suggested warm washclothes, tea bags, massages, and hot showers. I've been doing all of that for a few days with no improvement. I really feel that I am at the end of my rope. It hurts so bad I can't even lift my arm above my head on that side..and I have to be very careful around my 15 month old b/c when she goes to hug me (lol...or slap me for that matter) it hurts so bad.
Any advice? I just really need some encouragment and hope this will clear up. My daughter was also a preemie and I was never able to nurse her. I pumped full time for three months before switching her to formula. She did great and is very healthy but I regret not trying harder to actually breastfeed. The NICU she was at though wanted her to bottlefeed first and so by the time I brought her home she had zero interest. We've since moved and the hospital my son is at is more pro-breastfeeding. They're going to let me nurse him first - before he gets any bottles at all. Of course he'll have to get some since I can't be there for all his feeds. But still I'm hopeful. So with any luck I'll get over this first hurdle and be able to stick around this board for a while. I'd love to nurse him for a year +...but I refuse to give up before three months. I figure even if everything goes horribly wrong I can make it three months like I did with my daughter and at least give him a decent start.