Tuesday, September 16, 2008
All about nipples
That's right--nipples. They consume my life these days! Currently it is trying to figure out how to heal one with a nasty crack. From reading my glorious breastfeeding book, I have discovered the crack was most likely caused by a shallow latch. Which is nice to know, but more difficult to correct. Well, or I should say, the latch is not the difficult thing to correct. But the crack is. Cause it's so bad feeding is painful! I called my best friends mom, who is a lactation consultant, and she advised me to avoid feeding on that side while the nipple heals. She suggested I pump and bottle feed for 2-3 days until I'm all better. I have done it for 24 hours, but hate it! I can't figure out how to get ahead on pumping when she already eats at least every 2 hours. I'm up all night feeding and then pumping so I have a bottle for the next feeding. And it is just so many extra steps when I'm already so sleepy. And on top of that, I think the bottle is affecting her breastfeeding on the other non-injured breast. I didn't have any problems with that side, but today it's starting to feel sore too! So, even though I have been vigilant about the shallow latch situation, I think that the bottle has encouraged her to start it up on the left, where we used to be just fine. So now I'm at a loss. One injured nipple, one in danger, and no new ideas! I've called another lactation consultant who is actually local and can maybe come see what I'm doing wrong, but she wasn't there so I had to leave a message. And I'm going to a La Leche League meeting tomorrow morning. But I feel slightly helpless in the interim. All I can think about is my nipples! Haha! Funny how quickly things can dominate your life. At least I have resolved the issues with Claire screaming, so that makes me feel loads better. But the solution is more frequent feeding, which has compounded the current dilemma! Man alive, I can't catch a break! I'd love any advice you experienced mothers have to offer!