My LO is 5 1/2 weeks now and he is doing great with bf'ing. His latch has always been good he is gaining well and making plenty of wet/poopy diapers. I on the other hand am still struggling with oald/os and clogged ducts. I feel totally discouraged about this, as the oald/os has been there since the beginning and the clogged ducts for the past 3 weeks. I feel like if I didn't have these problems, I would be SO much more confident with bf'ing. The oald/os is only one 1 side, which is of course where the clogged ducts are too. My LO has gotten much better at managing that side, he doesn't cough/sputter/pull away nearly as often as he used to. Usually just when I am really full. I started taking lethecin a week ago, but don't feel like it has helped. Does it take awhile to work? I'm taking 1200 mg three times a day.
My new problem is that my DH and I wanted to start trying a bottle. We have a road trip/wedding coming up and I won't be able to be with my LO all the time when he needs nursing. Therefore, a bottle. So we introduced the bottle on sat. and he took it really well. I had been pumping only once every morning on one breast to start stocking up for back to work. I am so confused about this pumping stuff. I don't know why, but I find it totally overwhelming and confusing! I understand that when we offer a bottle, I need to pump so that my body knows to still make that milk. Am I making my oald/os/clogged ducts worse when I pump both breasts for 10-15 minutes to make up for the bottle? We did a bottle both weekend days, and I pumped both days. Now today, I feel like I've taken a step backwards, and the clogged duct side feels worse!! (It was starting to feel more controlled late last week) And on top of that, this morning I felt like I was starting to get a clogged duct on the other side!! That has gone away throughout the day. I just don't know what to do to control this. It is so frustrating. I've read about block feeding, but I don't really understand it that well. I think I'm probably doing it somewhat, but not sure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. There are days when I feel like I don't know if I can't keep doing this!!! I'm usually a confident person, but breastfeeding has totally thrown me for a loop.