Hi. Just wanted to ask a few questions. We are still trying to get this breastfeeding thing to work. 6 weeks tomorrow. I am determined to stick this out, but... I am still in pain and still have injured nipples (they start to heal and then the wounds get reopened.
I went to see another lactation consultant (third one we've seen). She said that the latch looks good and that he is sucking well. He is up to 9 lbs. 5 oz. (birthweight was 7 lbs. 8 oz.). I think that is good for 6 weeks.
Anyway, she diagnosed me with nipple vasospasms. She told me to take calcium/magnesium supplements, which I started to do. I don't think that this can be our only problem. My nipples still look ridged and pinched when he is done feeding. (She didn't seem to think they did ) Maybe I am crazy, but I am not making up this excruciating pain. She also said I may just have sensitive nipples. Has anyone else been told they just have sensitive nipples? Will they (my nipples) get used to this or am I in for another 10 1/2 months of pain? Will this ever get better? Am I just imagining the latch problem?
I want to be able to leave my house with my son and I am petrified of having to feed him in public since our nursing sessions are quite long and involve a lot of relatching. I just want so much to enjoy being a mommy and feeding my son. It is encouraging that he has gained weight, but OUCH!
I think that I am done seeing lactation consultants. This forum seems to help more than they do (plus it's cheaper ).