“Crack!” Said my nipples

With my first son I was only able to breastfeed for a little over 2 months. We had a really difficult and painful start; and because I had to go back to work soon after he was born (only 4 weeks) I had a really hard time keeping my milk supply and finding a balance between pumping and feeding…
I remember crying in pain because my nipples were so sore. It took about 2 weeks for things to get better.

With my second son, I am determined to breastfeed longer and make it work. I am taking the next 6 months off from work so I can stay home and take care of my boys.

However, so far breastfeeding the little big guy has been nothing but a challenge. When he was first born he latched on perfectly, it was great. I was very excited because I thought it was going to make things easy… and then I don’t know what happened, but he started to not latch on correctly within the next couple of days. I made breastfeeding so painful, I cried. My nipples were raw, cracked, and even bled at times. No amount of lanolin seemed to helped. And as if the pain wasn’t enough, my son stopped latching on completely unless I used a nipple shield.

So here we are, he is 11 days old, my nipples are not as sore anymore, but we are still using a shield and still having problems latching on. I have tried all kinds of different positions to feed him and the most effective one seems to be when we’re laying down… which doesn’t really work when we have to go places.

Tonight I also noticed that my left breast is red, swollen and itchy… all signs of mastitis, so I need to go to the doctor’s tomorrow.

I really want this to work… why is it so hard? Anyone out there with any advice? (Other than the lactation consultants… I’ve tried, it didn’t help)


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