I'm a first time mommy as of November 13th, 2007. Sadly the breastfeeding experience has not been great thus far. I had very little help at the hospital in regards to starting breastfeeding and as a result, my LO did not latch on properly and I was left with two cracked and very painful nipples. After I was discharged from the hospital, breastfeeding continued to be agonizing and very frustrating. I turned to books to help fix the latch on problem.
I can happily say that my nipples are no longer cracked and sore, but my LO has become very fussy and cries at the breast during some feedings. (mainly at night between 9 and midnight) He also acted like he wasn't getting enough to eat even after nursing at both breasts. Babies, being very new to me, I wasn't sure what was going on and was scared he wasn't getting enough to eat or my milk supply was low. As a result, I started pumping and feeding him EBM through a bottle for night feedings and continuing to BF during the day. That way I can gauge how much he was eating.
He's had plenty of wet and soiled diapers and seems to be gaining weight ok. His next weigh in is at his 2mo appointment coming up.
I've been yo yoing back and forth on either EBF or EP and giving him the EBM via bottle. It's been an emotional and frustrating 6 weeks. I don't want to screw him up to where he's not nursing on either the breast or bottle. I say that because lately he's been nursing weird on the bottle and I'm worried he is getting nipple confusion.
I have been reading through threads religiously and found this link that LilahsMama had posted in another thread:
Thankfully it has answered many of my questions and has described perfectly what my husband and I have been going through.
I guess what I'm looking for is any advice or encouragement you all could give to me. I'm so glad I found this forum. It's really been a lifesaver!