Seeking advice to relieve major breastmilk pumping discomfort.
May 13, 2008 12:01 PM Subscribe
We have a healthy 6 week old girl. We've come to a point where the quality of life for Mom isn't very pleasurable in terms of breastfeeding. We both wanted to breastfeed our child but we're approaching 'last resort' and transitioning to formula. I would like to help Mom as much as possible so I'm looking for some advice from others.
posted by timmins to health & fitness (34 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Like I stated earlier, our intentions were to breastfeed. Mom, unfortunately, has very large breasts with what we learned to be flat nipples. Our baby didn't latch very well. We hired a consultant that spent hours helping and we even called upon the hospital's nurse for further help. We thought the best solution would be to pump into bottles and if we had a shortage we would supplement with formula.
For our baby, things really went well after a couple scary days of working hard to latch. Weeks later, she's consuming anywhere between an ounce to 5+ ounces of breastmilk.
Mom, on the other hand, has slowly worn thin with this routine's wear and tear. She is using a Medela pump and upgraded to 37mm shields. We've experienced clogged ducts, hardening, highly sensitive and sometimes painful breasts. Her routines have varied from every 2 hours to sometimes getting some rest and pumping every 4 or 5 hours. They continually fill up and with her breast size they need to be emptied.
The pain is simply getting worse. We both don't want to give up and we both hate the indirect guilt factor from those that insist babies be breastfed, but we need to restore Mom's quality of life. Knowing that letdown isn't the problem and trying to relieve pain and hypersensitivity, I'm in search of experienced advice. Thanks.