I'm new and I already shared this in my introduction, but wanted to also post in appropriate forum. My son is 10 weeks old and I feel like we're hitting a wall with our breastfeeding routines.
We had some trouble with latching in the very beginning and the helpful lactation consultant I spoke to suggested the clutch/football position. That seemed to work great for a long time. But I am starting to lose confidence. Philip wants to breastfeed constantly and I know it is often for comfort. He won't take a pacifier and often just plays around while at the breast, which can be painful. I have both the Boppy and the Brest Friend but neither one is high enough for me to not have to hunch over. Unless I have 5 or 6 pillows, I am not comfortable, and it is too much of a process to do this every time so my back is constantly being strained. I often breastfeed in bed for this reason, but my legs are tight and my ankles are sore from being crossed so often.
Besides this fact, what do I do outside of the home? I never have pillows with me everywhere I go. Plus I can't do the football hold without pillows. So any time I have to breastfeed outside of the house, it's a whole new routine for both of us and I don't think we're very successful, which also makes it take longer, and therefore prolong the discomfort. I am also struggling with babywearing, as my other posts mention, which I know might be a solution if I can figure it out, but I haven't yet.
I have also noticed that he often turns his head away from his body while feeding. I read that this is not good for him to swallow. I am wondering if he might do it on purpose because he's not actually hungry? Regardless, I don't know how to remedy this all. I feel like we need lots of practice and to try new positions and places to feed, but it's stressful for both of us so I just keep going back to our old standards (which aren't really ideal).
I would highly recommend visiting your local La Leche League group for support. The moms there can help you with breastfeeding positions and babywearing. They've been there and gotten through what you're going through.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
13yo ds 10yo dd 8yo ds and 6yo ds and 1yo ds
Yes, we do try other positions, including laying on our sides. It is helpful to switch it up, but I still never feel like anything is ideal for both of us (comfort-wise). Like I said, I think we just need to keepp practicing - different positions, different places, etc. The important part is he is eating, I am producing milk, and we are both healthy. He's only 11 weeks old, I keep reminding myself. These things will come with time.