My daughter is only 2 weeks old and I'm already getting frustrated... I'm looking for advice from all you experienced folks out there.
I managed to pump and breast feed my first son for 8 months (until given medication that prevented my breast feeding) and didn't have nearly this much trouble.
Here's what's going on -
I had some trouble when my milk came in with her gagging and pulling off my breast - unfortunately the nurse at the hospital told me I probably had overactive let down and gave me a breast shield to use and feed her. This worked but my nipples were constantly a little sore. I used the shield for a week and then read that the shields were probably causing the soreness. Since she is more coordinated now and seems to be able to latch and suck effectively I tried switching to just nipple feeding....OUCH!! After 2 days my nipples are so sore I can no longer breast feed at all. I don't think it's the latch - she seems to have a great deal of breast tissue in her mouth and she sucks effectively. I was using the football position (my breasts are fairly large) which worked wonderfully with my son. She was constantly wanting to feed - and I'm afraid the frequency may have had something to do with the increased soreness.
I've been pumping to feed her but my supply seems to be too low. She drinks 3 1/2 to four ounces at a feeding but my pumping is only supplying 2 oz in the same amount of time. I've had to supplement with formula to make up the difference.
So now I'm left with sore nipples and low supply - HELP! Where do I go from here? If I continue to bottle feed breast milk - will I be able to switch back to nursing when my nipples heal? How long does it normally take raw nipples to heal enough to prevent further injury while nursing?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated - I'm about at the end of my rope....