If anyone has answers to any of these I would really appreciate the help. Seems like my pediatrician is pretty useless when it comes to BF help and my insurance doesn't cover LC. I'm ready to pay out-of-pocket, but I would really like to avoid it since money is tight with a newborn and me not working right now.
I'm not a LLL member yet, but I would like to join as soon as I can get the two of us out of the house in time for anything! Can anyone tell me about the meetings? If I haven't joined, can I go to a meeting to see what it's all about before paying? Also, if I have BF questions for the leader, to I have to join and pay before she can (hopefully) help me? Can I just show up and ask my questions?
I am a FTM, and my LO is 5.5 weeks old. I have been BFing since birth. I actually got to nurse him about 25 mins on each side immediately, before he was even weighed or dressed!! I saw a LC in the hospital and she said his latch was correct, but the right side has been extremely painful since about day 4. Day 5 I started using nipple shields because I was ready to give up (I would have skin hanging off the nipple after every feeding). Now I can usually do 1 feeding pain-free, but the next one is nearly impossible (I can usually do 2 w/o the shield on my left side). The ends of my nipples are very pink (and the rest is brown), and I can feel itching deep in the breast tissue. Ped says doesn't have thrush, but I'm going to ask my OB at my 6wk appt. Friday. Could something else be causing the pink nipples, or is this normal? Also, should I still be in pain after 5.5 weeks??? Sometimes even pain WITH the shield... but I would like to be able to get away from using it at all.
Also, right now he's eating about 15-20 mins on each side. When he takes a bottle he usually eats about 2.5-3 ozs. As he gets older, I will have to nurse longer, right? If it's taking up to 40 mins to feed him now, how long will it be when he's 3mos, or older? I barely have time to do anything now, I'm scared that I won't be able to do anything but feed him if he's eating any longer than this! Hopefully someone has an answer that will put my mind at ease!
Last one I promise! I'm feeding on demand right now, and it seems to be very erratic. For those BTDT BF'ers, at what age did things settle into a baby-led schedule? I love BFing (and being at home is making it a lot easier) but eventually I will need to be able to plan a day in advance!
Thanks in advance for the help... its so frustrating not knowing and doing this for the first time!