Hello. I'm returning after struggling with severe OS and OALD issues 2 years ago w/ #1. (I could pump more than 10oz per breast per pumping session.) I was hoping for the best w/ #2 but it appears I am going to continue to have issues. I really hope that I can fix this early on as I was in so much pain that I could hardly hold my baby due to the pain for most of my maternity leave for #1.
I gave birth 5 days ago and my milk came in on the 3rd day. By the 4th day, I was unbearably engorged and today is even worse. I really couldn't sleep last night due to the pain.
It is probably important to note that I have had to use a nipple shield this time around due to the fact that my nipples are now very flat after the trauma they endured w/ #1. My baby latches on and eats well w/ the nipple shield while I have not been successful without it due to lack of ability to keep an erect nipple and size of my breasts.
I am not pumping at all. I'm planning to try to suffer through this engorgement in hopes of reducing the amount of time needed to correct the issues. Last time, I did a lot of pumping to first soften the breast and then after to empty the breast at the suggestion of ped and OB and I think it caused a lot of the issues I had. I leak heavily on the non-nursing side each time I nurse (I fill a 2 oz Milkies Milk Saver in about 5 minutes after I start nursing).
I am only using one side per feeding. My baby eats every 2-3 hours. I don't think I could increase the time in the blocks at this moment.
I would appreciate any suggestions or feedback you might have. Also any ideas on how long until I should feel some relief?
Thank you very much for any assistance.