Hi everyone - newbie here! I am currently pregnant with my third son, who I will deliver via c-section this month (repeat). I desperately want to breast feed him, but I have not had very much luck in the past. Here's my history:
DS1 - c/sec, immediately asked for help in hospital to get him to latch - I knew I'd need help because of large breast size and nipple shape. The lactation consultants (3 different ones) could not get him to latch - he just did not have the sucking reflex yet for some reason, so we pumped and used cup. At home I used the shield - he'd latch for 5 min and fall asleep. I ended up pumping 12 hrs a day for 3 months and giving him bottles. It was horrible. I also had mastitis 6, yes 6 times. Miserable!!! My dr has no idea why, even took cultures and consulted with an infectious disease specialist.
DS2 - repeat c/sec, again got help with latch - this little one latched on like a charm, was doing great! Until we got home and my milk came in. 3 Days post partum I had basketballs for breasts and they were so hard that I could not even get the pump on them. It was horrible and very frustrating for both of us, so I just quit trying. I had mastitis two more times while trying to pump and dry up.
Pregnancy - I've had mastitis again. I saw a breast specialist - she said she has no idea why, but I'm prone to infections in my breasts, there is nothing wrong with formula so she recommends just giving him formula from the beginning.
Clearly I do not want to do that. I'm wondering if ill-fitting bras could have contributed to all of the infections, by clogging ducts? Normally I am a DD - right now (pre-milk) I am a FF. My last infection I was cramming into a DD before I got fitted. If it could be a problem with just not having a correctly fitted bra, could I just go bra-less until we get bfing established? Could I ask my OB to give me low-dose antibiotics in the hospital to prevent an infection? Are these even reasonable possibilities, or should I just listen to the dr and not even try?
Thank you so much for any info that you guys can provide - I am open to any and all honest opinions. If I'm just unable to bf, I will just have to face it, I suppose.