Re: Feeding, pumping, and sore nipples
Sorry about the pain, Mama! Can you describe it more? Is it a stabbing pain or a burning or itching sensation? Do you notice any skin changes on that side? How's the baby's latch on that side?
Some possible causes of pain:
Regarding pumping- I know you just got the baby fully onto the breast, so maybe you want to give bottles and pumps a break for now? Just focus on mastering nursing? Anyhow, when it's time to pump, how you pump depends on what your goals are. If you're home with baby and only want to pump the occasional bottle, I'd start by pumping 1x per day, perhaps in the morning when most moms have the most milk. If you need to go back to work, I'd start the same way, but consider adding in some additional sessions as time goes on, in order to build a freezer stash.
Regarding feeding time, I suggest doing the following:
1. Watch baby's diaper output. You just stopped supplementing, so now is a good time to be cautious about baby's milk intake.
2. If diaper output is normal, then what you're experiencing is probably just a growth spurt. But try to keep the baby alert and active at the breast by switching sides, frequent burping, and breast compressions. That may buy you a fuller baby who sleeps longer.
3. Co-sleep: http://babyparenting.about.com/od/sl.../a/cosleep.htm
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