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Ouch! Second time around


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#1 Happy_daisy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:20 AM

Just having a small vent somewhere I'm sure I'll get sympathy original.gif
I'm in the process of establishing BFing with baby number 2. Been concentrating really hard on attachment and positioning but have still come off with a few cracks...ouch! Now having to feed through them. I know it gets better (had similar issues with DD1 and ended up BFing her till 20 months) but hard to see the light at the moment!

#2 Nofliesonme

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:28 AM

OP big hugs. It is hard as you already know but it does get better. I now have an 8 week old and just getting this far is hard work and its my 4th child. Take it 1 day at a time. Have you tried a nipple shield?? I hate them but you may like them original.gif good luck and remember in the end do what's best for you and bub. I wish mine would sleep longer than 3 hours at night. YAWN!!!

#3 ~spirited~

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:43 AM

Keep it up OP, you are doing a great job! If the cracks get really bad you could express from one side at a time for 48 hours (still feeding from the other) to give them a chance to heal, I had to do this.

To be honest I am not looking forward to the early BF days, I had such a hard time of it with DS, but I made it through, and fed until 12 months, so I know I can do it again, too.

#4 cinnabubble

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:17 AM

I remember hooking a blood clot out of my second child's mouth when she was a few days old and thinking had I not known it would get better I could never have persevered. I had also forgotten how much help babies need to latch properly because I had last fed a toddler. Ouch!

Good luck. It will get better.

#5 LookMumNoHands

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:25 AM

Lots of sympathy from me to you original.gif

Probably a dumb question, but are you using a tonne of Lansinoh or similar?

Keep strong! original.gif

#6 Corella

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:10 AM

Multi-Mums are awesome too.

#7 Nasty Bunsen

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:17 AM

Hang in there, it will get better! Hydrogel breast pads were my saviour, heal up cracks much faster!

Good luck

#8 Happy_daisy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Thanks everyone original.gif Your support means a lot!

I'm using the full arsenal of early BFing weapons...lansinoh, hydrogel disks, breast shells and just bought some multi-mums (never used them before, are they good?). Lots of airing time, breastmilk and sunshine too! Looking forward to getting it all sorted as soon as possible and being able to enjoy breastfeeding my baby original.gif

#9 lucky 2

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

Hi, are you getting some advice from a LC re positioning and attachment? I hope you can access some help so you can stop feeding with pain and injury, it could be sorted quick smart with some fine tuning.
All the best.

#10 Guest_katem666_*

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:35 PM

Super sympathy as i've been going thru the same thing. I took a day off and expressed, and got some help from a lc, and now the latch seems better and i'm not getting cracks and blisters and crying during every bf.However, now we're struggling with over-abundant, fast flow resulting in a grumpy, unhappy baby and epic feeding sessions of latching, relatching,crying, screaming, burping, relatching, and then making sure she doesn't throw it all back up again, which means sitting her up for at least half an hour. 2 weeks in, i guess it will get better?

#11 axiomae

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

katem666 look up 'block feeding' - it helped my SIL with her oversupply.

#12 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

Damn I thought it would somehow magically be easier second time round!

hugs OP you're doing an awesome job.

Bath with Epsom salts helped my scabby nipples in the early days.

#13 Happy_daisy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:22 PM

QUOTE (lucky 2 @ 23/01/2013, 06:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, are you getting some advice from a LC re positioning and attachment? I hope you can access some help so you can stop feeding with pain and injury, it could be sorted quick smart with some fine tuning.
All the best.


Yep saw a LC today (learnt from last time to get help as soon as possible), she had a few tips about my attachment and I've noticed an improvement already - the BF's I've done since then have been noticeably better and one side was almost painless by the last feed this evening! Hoping the cracks heal completely soon so I can feed completely painlessly.


QUOTE (GoodGollyMolly @ 23/01/2013, 07:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Damn I thought it would somehow magically be easier second time round!


Me too blush.gif I am finding things are happening quicker this time (milk coming in, initial engorgement settling quicker), and I am not as shy about asking for help or knowing when I need it. And I know above all that things do get better and this is something I can do!

#14 lucky 2

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

Fantastic news OP, if those LC tips can get your nipple deep enough in her mouth you should heal up quick.
The other thing that can help is making sure your areola is very soft prior to attempting to latch, ie if your breast is full she may not be able to grasp enough to get your nipple deep.
All the best.




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