Hello all! I had for a second time gotten mastitis in the same month and I decided to stop nursing my 2 1/2 month old (will be 3 months very soon) and just pump because the first time around I tried to continue to nurse and pump but it was just too painful. So, I pump and do formula which I feel bad about because with my first son I nursed him exclusively and he went from breast to cup(not even a pacifier).
My 2 1/2 month old is not latching on correctly and I have tried everything I know how to get him latched on correctly but it is few and far between when he does. When he latches on he keeps compressing my nipple and it turns white.
My issue with pumping is that sometimes I can pump and get 5 oz from one breast, other times it takes two breasts and yet still other times it seems as though I can only get 1 or 2 oz and that's having to use both breasts. I am taking Fenugeek to keep my supply up.
I have put him back to breast even though he is still not latching correctly but the mastitis is gone and the pain is not as bad as it was. I am still having to use formula because there is still some pain and he still wants to nurse frequently as well as comfort nurse and I would like to get him on exclusively and not have to use the formula but I am also having a hard time pumping as well but I have been hand expressing and managing to get any where from 2 to 3 oz using both breasts. Oh, and least I not forget to mention that I am do back to work next week and I have an insignificant suppy stash for his childcare provider. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Mom to Malachi Xavier 8-07/25/99 & Nicolas Daniel 2 1/2-07/28/2007