I have been reading on this forum for the past few days, and have seen so much support and advice. I wanted to post my situation and get some advice and opinions on what I should do.
My son is 2 1/2 weeks old, and I have been bf since he was born. He has a fussy period in the evenings, but from reading other posts, I see that's normal. Even if I switched him to formula, I don't think that would change.
I have inverted nipples, and have to use a nipple shield for him to latch on. It was very painful at first because the adhesions I had were tearing so the nipple could come out. It got much better, and was only painful in the very beginning of the feeding for a minute or so, but the past few days it has become really painful again. I am not sure if that is because he has been on the breast almost constantly the past few days, or if it may be thrush. He has a doctor's appt this afternoon, so I"m going to talk with him about that.
I can only bf for the first 8 weeks because then I return to work and won't be able to pump there. I know I will have to start weaning him before then, but by that point he should be all formula. I keep seeing on these posts that the first 6 weeks are the hardest, so I question if it is worth my sticking it out only to have to stop completely at 8 weeks?
Also, if I do decide to continue, can I bf at night and do formula during the day? Is that still beneficial to him? I know bf is better than formula, but I"m in so much pain, and I worry that it's a waste of my time when I know I have to start weaning him in a few weeks to have him be completely on formula by 8 weeks...
Any advice is much appreciated -- thank you!