This is a really long post and I'm very sorry...but I really need some support here!! Please email me if you can help!)
Three months in and I'm getting to the end of my tether! I am commited to BF Leo for as long as possible...six months at least.
Here's the history (potted version!)
Engorged on the 2nd day and told that Leo couldn't suck properly so after one day of aggressive head thrusting and poking I was told to pump. SO pumped I did. When I got home from hospital I was adamant I wanted to BF so tried those silicon nipple things (on recommendation from hospital!) which I now learn slows the flow down for baby but just blocks the breast up and increases mastitis risk. Surprise surprise...I got a severe case of mastitis and was in hospital at one month for 9 days. After the high fever I got a rotten case of herpes so was unable to handle or feed Leo (on hospitals say so) for 5 days. Pumped and dumped
Finally came home and continued to BF but, naturally, very worried about repeat mastitis I was pumping at least once a day.
I get let down very frequently (sometimes 2 - 3 times an hour) and 2 -3 times every feed and very painfully each time. I feel like my breasts are being punched constantly and pierced with knives at every letdown.
I have now been BFing for 2 months with no props. Leo used to baulk and arch his back but has now got used to the speed and quantity, he spits up a lot but it doesn't seem to bother him. This is my problem. I find myself considering stopping altogther because it's making me grumpy, more tired than I would be anyway and just generally downhearted with it all.
I pump occasionally, usually in the mornings, just to get rid of the pressure and discomfort. I find that if I had something containing MSG the pain is worse in the morning so I'm trying to avoid it as much as possible!
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS??? I WANT TO KEEP BFING BUT THIS PAIN IS GETTING RIDICULOUS. ARE THERE ANY DRUGS ANYONE KNOWS OF? ANY NATURAL REMEDIES (I tried peppermint tea which had some effect on the amount produced but nothing on the pain)? ANYTHING?!??!??!??!
I'll try anything!
To be honest, even to have some support and to know that others have gone through the same would help as well!!!!