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You are desperately tired, you've had a traumatic experience, it is not surprising that you're having such an awful time dealing with this challenge.
I would say--give yourself a break for a little while and just plan to do a bottle of pumped milk x number of times a day. And don't feel bad about it. Enjoy the bottle time with your babe as much as you can. Teach dh how to heat a bottle (he knows to take the water off the heat BEFORE putting the bottle in, right?) and let him take some of the turns so you can get some rest or relaxation. You can work on breastfeeding the other times and just work on breathing, keeping your mind and body relaxed, etc. When you and your babe figure out breastfeeding you can eliminate the bottles. But really, give yourself at least a few weeks. Having a terrible experience 10 times a day, whenever you try to bf is not going to help you bf longer. Relaxing and being gentle on yourself while you keep trying will.
Since you posted in this forum, you probably know that a traumatic birth and difficulty breastfeeding increase your likelihood of getting ppd. Can you get some help from dh, friends, family etc. so that you can have time for meditation, a quiet bath, catching up on sleep?
Happy to be a mommy and teacher to D , born 1-17-06 via and A , born 10-6-08 with a
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