Hello, I have a 1 week old! At the hospital after she was born she was able to BF on my right breast for 5 or 10 minutes. Then I was sooo tired and sore (episitomy and tear) that I had to stop. I am so glad I had that moment with her, which it was longer but I could hardly think. So then back at our room as soon as we got there I requested an LC. I BF all day, each time it got worse and worse and slowly my nipples started bleeding and cracking by the end of the first day, I asked my nurse again for the LC and I was "on the list" but never knew when they would come, I asked again and again. Finally an LC came at 6am the day I would be leaving. She was nice but by then my nipples had been destroyed and she told me to rest them so we bottle fed. I wish we had not, or I wish something else had been done, or I wish they had come to me earlier!
Baby has a high palette and she gums my breast hard and pulls in her lower lip no matter how wide she opens! So I was exhausted and had no sleep and the perkaset I had put me in horrible nightmares... I wanted to GO HOME! At home I was resting and pumping my nipples for 2 days, after my parents left I called an LC who came by and helped me, we got baby to BF with her here, but I don't have 4 arms and I can't get baby to latch right on my own! I tried the next day 3 times, by the 3rd time I was crying when BF'ing because it hurt so much... each time was worse. HUsband went out that night to get the breastflow bottles as LC had instructed. That 3rd time I was ready to give up... I talked to my sister on the phone and she uncouraged me to keep trying when I am calm and collected, so last night I slept and bottle fed. Those bottles give poor baby gas but I can see her learning to put her lip down... I am hoping these bottles really help.
I plan to try to BF today again at some point, but I am nervouse and I know that doesn't help. I'm scared it will go awful and I will cry again. I just want to BF my baby! She will latch and she's an excellent eater, but she just has an awful latch that hurts so much. Any advice would be welcome!!!