I don't know where to begin except I need encouragement right now badly. Here's what is going on... My LO is just a little over 2 weeks and breastfeeding was going rather well other then the first couple of days of engorgement. The problems arose when I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel (had it in pregnancy) and then a sort of tendinitis that has come on after delivery. I was seen at the dr and he said it's not uncommon after pregnancy and it should subside in 3-4 weeks but in the mean time to wear braces both at night and during the day. If it doesn't clear up then I'm suppose to go back and they will administer steroid shots into the inflamed tendon but I still have a few weeks before I can go back. This has made it beyond frustrating while trying to breastfeed and get a good position. The brace makes it hard to hold her head and can't be comfortable for her AT ALL but without the brace I am in so much pain b/c it turns my wrist/thumb in just the right way to irritate it. To add to this problem I think I might have a plugged duct on the right breast (same as the bad hand) and I think that might be due to poor latching and positioning. I really don't know what to do. I'm having such a hard time caring for her and the frustration is just getting the best of me. We have had family in town so that hasn't helped much either but they are gone now thank goodness. I really feel at my wits end with breastfeeding and want to give up but i know I'll feel like a failure if I do quit b/c I had my heart set on this. I didn't expect the issue with my hands as I was told it would subside soon after birth but it has only gotten worse. I really feel that my daughter is sensing my frustrations also which saddens me. My husband goes back to work on Monday so it's me, myself, and I caring for her. I don't have a lot of support as we are military and far from family and friends so this site might be my saving grace right now. I told my husband I just want to go into the hospital and beg and plead with them to help me out since it's just he and I taking care of our daughter and I really don't want to start formula feeding. Right now I'm trying to follow the advice on how to care for a plugged duct but nursing on the bad side frequently is near impossible right now with the wrist. Please help!!! I seriously want to just give up as this is more stressful for me right now than I expected plus adding the baby blues just really is making me a total mess. Sorry if this is a ramble but I'm a bit frustrated right now as you can tell. Thanks for listening maybe someone will have some sound advice for me!!!!
Things are going a bit better with my wrist. I'm still trying to nurse the possibly plugged duct. Our nursing has went very well despite it all. I think I was just so tired and exhausted from having family in town and not resting like I should (I was up and going as soon as I was released from the hospital b/c I felt so good but it all has caught up with me). I have rested a lot yesterday and today with baby and my husband is doing all the housework and waiting on me hand and foot. I plan on resting more this week also. I just wanted to update y'all!!! Breastfeeding over all has been going amazing until the added tid bits but I think it will clear up the more I rest my mind. Frustration only makes it worse. Oh yeah, Dh is on his way to get me the best friend nursing pillow. I have a boppy but I"m not loving it for nursing really. So that should help too. Thanks for the support!