... foot and needing to scream when he was on the breast. My husband convinced me to pump and botle feed instead. The pain is minimal now. compared to before. but now it takes over an hour to pump, bottle feed and burp him every 3 hours. I feel like its all I do. Im discouraged again. Dreading the pump again and again. I want to continue for him and for me. We have 5 other children who need me too. Also suffering from post partum depression. Can anyone help? Advise?
Pumping is usually harder on the nipples than the baby feeding. It helps to rub some of the milk into your nipples after you nurse to coat them and moisturize them. This likely started because you tried to nurse too long when you first started. Some babies are strong suckers and you kind of have to build up to a full nursing session letting your nipples toughen. This is going to be hard for you since you have been pumping instead of nursing. Do you have a lactation consultant in your area? You might check with the hospital where you gave birth to see if they have a lactation consultant. Sometimes it is a matter of positioning the baby or sometimes if they suck too hard, you can insert your finger to break the hard suction to teach them not to suck so hard. Pumping to bottle feed breast milk all the time is not going to be feasible long term. How are your nipples now? Are they healed? You can try nursing again but you will have to be patient because the baby has gotten used to the quick let down of bottle feeding. He/She may get upset going back on the breast again because it isnt as instant a gratification. You may need the help of the professional lactation consultant otherwise you may just need to go to bottle feeding formula. It will depend on how dedicated to breast feeding you are. You will likely feel better once your life isnt constant pumping and feeding! Good God-that would depress anyone, bless your heart!
After breast feeding it helps if you wash and dry your nipples well. The babies saliva can irritate them. Then put nipple cream on them.
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