OK, I'll try to add just a couple more things. Like my BFF told me, breast feeding is an art. Apparently, pumping is too. I was just about to give upI didn't start pumping until DD was almost 12 wks, and it took days to get right. I would pump and pump for 2 oz, and same thing, one side would just not pump. Finally, there came that "magical moment" when it all worked out. So, as pp said, don't go on that so much.
*As pp said, use the lanolin, use the lanolin.
*Wear a bra all the time, night and day, until you become more comfortable.
*Hot showers work wonders. Let the hot water flow over your shoulders and down your breasts, and massage them while you are in the shower.
*Try nursing in the football hold, with baby propped on a nursing pillow. You can cradle her in one arm lovingly, and use the other to drink something, flip channels with the remote, flip through a magazine, or talk on the phone to your friends and family. I frequently use nursing time to catch up on phone calls. If you have a headset, all the better. You can nurse, talk on the phone, and still have a hand free.
*Or just prop her there and have 2 hands free, so you can read a book or play a video game, whatever your style.
*Try the nursing pillow at the PC so you can NAK lol.
*In this position, you also get full face and eye contact with your babe.
*Baby not napping could indicate gassiness or other physical discomforts. DD just would not nap at that age lying down flat, it hurt too much, and the same thing, she was good for one nap a day, then no more, or just a few minutes at a time. You might try:
**Nursing her propped up at an angle. Again, the football hold works great.
**Sleeping on the side or inlcined. We do this on Peds advice with a sleep positioner. They also have incline positioners, essentially a wedge shaped piece of foam. You can also try an Amby if you can afford it (see askdrsears.com
) though they are pricey. Alternatively, try a bouncy seat or swing. The angle is just so much more comfortable for them, and DC may surprise you and go down for hours. The first time I put DD in the swing at about 8 weeks, I was amazed. Of course, being the AP mom you are, you use it judiciously.
**Elimination diets (check other posts about this while NAK
Finally, don't be too jealous of DH being able to calm her. Just think, Thank God (or whomever you choose) he can, so I can get the heck away for a few minutes to . . . take a shower, massage my breasts, put on lanolin, a nice fresh bra . . . eat . . . call mom . . . etc.