Things are going from good to bad and from bad to worse. I am in sooooo much pain and of course, par for the course, the LC from my hospital is out the whole month of July after having hand surgery. She won't be back until the 24th and I really don't know if I can make until Monday without some relief. Plus, considering she's been gone all month, I assume she will be very backed up with appointments for a while. I really need help! His perfect latch is completely gone and I've searched online for how to get it back and just can't get any success. He now will not open wide. If he does, as soon as the nipple is in his mouth he closes up. Picture it, he is ferociously rooting around for it, crying and milk is leaking all over his face, neck, shoulders, my hand, my stomach, etc. and finally I get him to open up, bring him in and CLAMP, right down and immediate, excrutiating pain. I try to breathe through it, hoping for the eventual release where he gets it right. That doesn't happen and he is really locked on. I try to stick my finger in to break the suction and try again, well he's so closed up around it, that it just makes it hurt worse. I finally get free, and my nipple is a mess. I try again and just decide to try to deal with the pain, at least he's nursing. Well that's made everything worse. My nipples are trashed. They aren't cracked or bleeding yet, but I'm sure that's next. They are in the dreaded lipstick tip shape and the pointest tip part is white and feels like a callous to the touch. Sore doesn't even describe what it feels like. I let them air out right after, use Lansinoh cream like crazy, all the tips I've read about but none of that will ever help if I can't get his latch fixed. I had a total meltdown last night because I really don't want to quit, but this is headed in the same direction that it went with DS #2 and I had to quit then. I ended up very depressed and I promised DH that I wouldn't let that happen again this time. He's trying to be supportive, but he's worried. Also, I'm pretty sure that I have multiple plugged ducts. I have several spots on each breast that feel like hard little rocks under the skin. When I was engorged, I started having to hold in my breast around his nose with my finger so he could breathe. Well, of course that probably now has led to plugged ducts....and while using some of the tips I've read on LLL, its seems to have brought me back to being engorged again! A complete and total mess. I am miserable.
I am so confused and don't know what I'm supposed to be doing. First with the latch, can it be fixed? Second, should I pump? I've read both no and yes to that (for relief of engorgement). I certainly don't want to run into an over-supply issue! Third, what do I do about the plugged ducts? I have been using a heating pad on the breast right before I feed and then I massage the area while he's nursing. Or, could that be why I'm overproducing again?
Also, he's started "slurping" while sucking. I know that's not good. And, he burps while he's still on the breast, sucking. Last time I nursed, he burped three times while still on the breast.
And to top it all off with a nice fat cherry......I'm super constipated. I don't know what's safe to take while nursing so I've been forcing prune juice down (my mom's suggestion YUK!) but no luck so far.....
So, do you see why I'm about to quit? I really really really want this to work. I just need help. Anyone?????