Boob chat thread, anyone?
How are all of you doing? Both those of us with babies on the inside, and those with babies already nursing.
Here's my vent/story/thread contribution..
My baby is still hanging out in my womb, but I've been having boob issues. My right breast already produces milk.. I have to hand express multiple times/day to keep myself from getting plugged ducts.
I'm kind of nervous about breastfeeding another little one again. My DD1 was formula fed for a few reasons, and I do regret the choice deeply. DD2 nursed until she was 26 or 27mos old when my milk dried up from pregnancy and she called it quits.
Nursing at the beginning was ROUGH. I have a huge oversupply and overactive letdown. We struggled with thrush (because of my oversupply and constantly having a wet shirt or bra), plugged ducts because of my oversupply, and nipple blebs. Nursing in the beginning was excruciating.. DH had to rub my back during latch-on and letdown for the first couple of weeks because it hurt so bad. He even had to repeat phrases of encouragement (think of transition in labor and the "I can't do this" feeling) to me constantly. Things ended up working out and by about 5-6 months everything but the oversupply was resolved. I'd say that my supply calmed down when she was about 15mos old.
This time around I'm going back to work December 1st. I'm so scared of everything... nursing, pumping at work, the oversupply and leaking through my work clothes constantly.. it really does worry me a great deal. I had thrush last time because of my boobs at a constant drip and always having a wet shirt or bra.. I was topless most of the time due to it. Now I'll be at work- how the heck am I going to wing this?!