So, since Inalia ended up in the NICU for the first couple of days we had to bottle feed her pumped milk and supp lament with formula in order to get her out and into pedes so we could take her home. She prefers BM to formula, thank goodness. But she prefers the bottle to the breast. Luckily she is off formula all together now but since she is used to the bottle nipple BFing is seriously painful for me. I read in my BFing book that they get lazy and don't position their tongues correctly to suck and as a consequence they put too much pressure on your breast. I just don't know how to fix it! I will try to talk to the lactation consultant when we go in for her 2 wk apt dr on Friday but I'm worried she won't change and Idk if I can deal with the pain it causes for more than a few weeks/months... maybe... Anyone else having a problem with this? I really don't want her exclusively on the bottle for lots of reasons. But it HURTS!
I have actually been using a breast shield. It was pretty much the only way I could get her to latch at all. Except for having my husband standing there pouting milk over my breast as we tried to get her on... Which was tough! But my first bruise was with that nipple guard and now she bruises me with or without it.
I have been emailing w the LLL group leader here - very responsive and also available over the phone if I need it. So, if you consider this route while waiting, I do recommend it. It also says online if you do not like the particular person you talk to, call around to other LLL contacts. Bruising sounds very painful - a BIG hug to you and much admiration for trying this hard for your sweet babe!
Well, the Dr apt is actually tomorrow! (Babe is 2 weeks) so I don't have to actually wait 2 weeks, I'm not always so clear.... Sorry :-p
So, I think I'll see what I can learn there because I LOVED the LC and she helped SO much. After that I think I will try LLL, even though my Dr warned me against them. Hahahaha it's sooo crazy how Docs and groups like Bradley and LLL are so pitted against each other! I loved my Bradley class and I like my Dr, I think I got what I needed from both and didn't get hate messages from Bradley towards Dr's at all.
I'm mostly nervous about venturing out to a meeting since I haven't taken her out in the car without another person with me... But I'll get over that soon enough I guess... Groceries don't buy themselves... I also didn't remember LLL can be done over the phone. So that's probably the best way to start!
Gee Wiz I wish this was easier!
Thanks for all the tips :-)