How many of you had an easy start breastfeeding? How many of you ran into some road blocks (or maybe some duct blocks )?
I got mastitus at exactly a week after Sebastian's birth. It was horrible, the fever, the pain and everything. Not to mention, getting basically no sleep since he had been born. I also had horribly painful nipples a few days after my milk came in which made it worse. Plus, I was so concerned about Seb since he was breastfeeding on demand, and, I didnt want to shortchange him.
For those of you who had difficulties, can you expand on why you had difficulties?
I have sensitive skin, and mastitus can happen to anyone so I guess it wasnt anything I really did wrong there. I did massage my blocked duct, warm shower and compress etc but mastitus still happened.
Did you get inaccurate breastfeeding advice?
To tell you the truth, I really didnt get advice, being the young "do it myself" type of gal, I figured when the baby came out that myself and him would know what to do. Not because I didnt ask for it, but because I thought I could handle it by reading a few books and talking to a few moms online about it.
Was it your first born, second, third....?
Was is it a mental or physical problem?
Both where physical. I was scared though about him getting enough milk since I was so sick only a week after he was born, but, all worked out ok.
Did you have enough postpartum help/support?
Yes! I was blessed with hearing about a breastfeeding class at the hospital I delivered (not LLL, thought they are great there too). The instructor (l.consultant) told me that nipple soreness was normal, and she checked Seb's latch and all was well there so it could be blamed on my sensitive skin. I tried some nipple shields and lansonol and that did the trick after a little while. It was so hard the first few weeks, but I knew that if I could make it through those, that everything would come into place (my l. consultant told me that).
What would you have done differently or do you think that there was anything that you could have done differently?
Nothing really. It was hard being a first time mom, let alone, a first time breastfeeding mom who wasnt going to give in to formula (I am extreamly strong willed and from the second I knew I was preggo, I didnt want my lil one to have formula EVER unless it was a life/death situation). I think that I did fairly well (not to brag) considering my circumstances. My l.c. was right though, I did have almost a month of hell for 8 other months of heaven. To this day, my son has had a few sips of water (from DH's or I's cup out of curiosity) and nothing else to which I am extreamly proud.