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Thanks ladies for the support and kind words! These past almost 5 days have been rough!!!! Yesterday was a turning point i hope! I had a cranialscacral therapist come to the house first and then a Lactation Consultant. (kind of expensive BUT when your in pain and exhausted you are willing to pay ANYTHING to sort it out lol) She is opening her mouth better and lifting her chin better since the adjustment. I could see it immediately!! Then the LC came and fixed my awful positioning. I needed to have her WAY closer to my body and held extremely tight bringing her to my breast and latching with one clean motion as soon as I see the wide open mouth.
She left me with a couple options on how to deal with the cut nipples (the left one has what looks like a line of blisters where one end has opened into a fisher cut and the Right one is one open wound on the top of the nipple.) YES they both HURT like hell but I have a second problem...OVER SUPPLY so I have to be careful how I deal with the nipple healing
1) One suggestion is to pump one breast, the one that hurts the most and nurse exclusively on the other for 24 hrs. Just pumping enough to keep it soft. Then I feed her with a syringe the pumped milk. This is something I am considering since it should help her from over nursing on the other side and ramping up my supply since she is getting fed the pumped milk .
2) The other suggestion is to use a nipple shield until they heal, But I found I could not get the hang of if and I know it makes BAD habits so I am leaning away from that idea.
3) The last thought and the one I have been trying through the night is to just keep nursing with some pain and see if the cuts get worse, stay the same or get better. Since we made major corrections to the latch I have been able to nurse with some pain but not the toe curling kind over night. Ok not totally true, my toes curl for a bit when she latches on then it gets much better.
So far the cuts have not gotten worse overnight but they are not any better either. I am currently using gel pad and lanolin to keep the cuts moist so that they heal quicker and the scabs don't keep getting ripped off when she nurses.
As for my over supply it is really beginning to kick in on its own so it is really hard for my little one to get her TINY mouth around the breast which makes latching and nursing even harder. The LC recommeded the herb sage as a tea or just eaten straight to dry me up a bit. This was the only thing that worked for me last time I was nursing so we are running to the store this afternoon to get some. She things its a good time to start since my milk has been in since Wednesday afternoon and it is Saturday afternoon now. Currently even after she nurses I am still very tight and hard breasted. Also I am staying away from natural foods that make more milk like Oatmeal and Dark Beer :P...
On a funny note she has already surpassed her birth weight and her poops have transitioned to fully breast fed baby poops. She is only 5 days old!
I hope by this time next week the cuts are healed and my supply is much more reasonable. I really want to avoid mastsis, thrush, infections in general!!! Also the pain is AWFUL! Wanted to share the journey. Thanks again ladies for all your support!
Sounds like she's growing beautifully! Congrats on your healthy girl
You are definitely strong for going through all these challenges! I honestly don't know if I could, with the pain being as bad as you're describing. Clearly, from the bits in your signature as well, you're a very dedicated breastfeeder! Best of luck to you — I really hope it turns around quickly!
I'm sorry you're having so many issues with it. I had a lot if the same issues you're having with my son. He finally just got big enough his latch improved. I wish I would have sought assistance early on like you have. Hopefully soon any pain and difficulty will just be a fleeting memory for you.
Letnia, I'm so sorry nursing is off to such a painful start. It's been the same way for me with all three of my kids, and I'm nervous about the pain again this time around. I hate that so much of the breastfeeding advice out there is that if you're doing it "right" and baby is latching "right" it will be painless and peaceful and beautiful. I had one with a bad latch, and that did hurt a lot more, but in my experience, the first couple of weeks are just hard! Hang in there, mama, the easy part is coming
Sounds like she's growing beautifully! Congrats on your healthy girl
Oh Jenny I so agree here! My DD1s latch is and always has been terrible. Maybe she had tongue tie-- I never had it checked. This baby? Her latch is amazing. Doesn't hurt the same way DD1s did. I know it! I don't think it's just that I wasn't doing it right. Or my position was bad. I also think that the hormones will adjust after a few months and it won't hurt like it did. I guess we will see if that's true.
Letnia-- so sorry you are having issues with BFing! I'm sitting here with some of your issues too. The encouragement is horrid. Poor little Lillian can't get her tiny little lips around my nipple. There are a few things you should try, check out this Kellymom page:
It's a little long, just scroll to the pic! It worked for me.
Also-- a fever?!?! You might have mastitis! My sister got it and once the fever went away she ignored it-- understandable, she was very busy with my nephew who never slept. Shortly thereafter, she ended up in the hospital to lance the mass in her left breast. Ugh! I was there with her and felt so bad. I always massage my breasts at the slightest feel of lumps or hot spots and empty both breasts religiously after being witness to that. Yikes!
Also-- I know the LC wouldn't agree with me but nipple shields really helped my nipples get a break from my super sucker fish (DD1)
Hope you feel better soon!
Letnia; I hope breastfeeding gets easier for you soon! It can be so difficult, and no one tells you just how hard it can be! I have to admit I'm nervous about it as I really want to be successful this time, and past experience was hardly great. You'll get there eventually and before you know it there will be no pain any more.
hugs about the overactive milk supply. I had that with both previous babes. it's awful watching your kid choke and gag on crazy overactive let downs. Hugs! I can't remember what I did but one thing was to only feed one breast per 9-12 hours, letting the other one languish without encouragement, before switching gears.
I can attest to how awesome CST can be for a baby! I have Silas scheduled for a couple weeks from now to bring things full circle from his tongue and lip clipping. I also have oversupply, on one side. Hang in there, it will get better. I've been through similar things with my other kids too. My boobs are strange! One hardly gets milk and the other gets too much.
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