I was doing ok pain wise the first 2 days at home. I started using a nipple shield, so I could heal form the time or 2 she ahd her latch wrong. Then the lc's told me to sotp using the chield, as my duaghter was losing weight. After thatm thepain was worse than ever. It was indescribable. And it srated lasting the whoole feeding, where intially, it was only the first 30 seconds to a minute. It got so bad, sometimes, I simply couldn't force myself to latch her on. I would try, and nop matter hwo hard I tried, sometimes I'd pull away at the last second.
I would have continued thru that if she was getting enough, but she wasn't. She has dehydrated, losing wight, and the laqst ime she nursed, she pulled of screaming with hunger. So I gave her a bottle. I tried pumping, but I got less & less each time i pumped, not more. And pumping started hurting too.
I abolutely would try again with another child, and I think it'll work next time. Obviously, no guarantees, but I think it will. Next time I would supplementing sooner, and keep using the nipple shield awhile longer. (well, assuming I had similar problems. Hopefully I can avoid having to use it at all)
I think more women may have problems like I did, rather than just "it hurt, so I quit:. When I tried to tell people, they'd interupt, tell me pain was normal, and how they breastfed thru it, so I never got to finish my story.
I can't even type out just how beyond awful ti was, as I start crying too hard to type, and it was almost 2 years ago.
When I tell people now, if they want details, I jsut say I couldn't let down. (true, and why I switched to formula. However, i think pain may have affected that.
I know I did my best, and under the circumstances, and with what information I could get at the time, there was no other choice. But it makes me very angry that all other people heard was "it hurt so I quit" which was SOOOO not the way it was.