I’m currently failing at breastfeeding. This is a bit of a shock to me, as I had no problems at all with either of the other kids, so I’m a bit ill equipped to deal with it.
The baby didn’t seem to be having any problems after the rocky start caused by all the stuff done to him in the first 24 hours. Then we had a few days where he seemed to be feeding constantly. And I imagine he really hasn’t been attaching properly, despite how good he seemed. By the end of this I was getting pretty sore and raw, and unfortunately, haven’t really recovered. Have tried expressing for a day at a time, am using shields, slathering with Lanisoh, airing, everything I and google can think of! Today I had bought formula, luckily, because this afternoon, I had nothing else for him.
He doesn’t seem to care what he’s drinking or how, and he’s content and chubby and all those good things. But I’m not coping at all. A lot of pain when feeding on one side, even with shields, and with two other kids to deal with, doubling up on time spent with boobs (ie: expressing then feeding) is not working at all. I’m also starting to get a bit of upper back, shoulder and neck pain from the time spent hunching over expressing and trying to find comfortable feeding positions!
I’m still persevering though. Will keep trying to express the bad side and shield the good side, and avoid the formula unless, like today, there’s nothing else. But I’m struggling. It might not be this hard if I could just devote all my time to it, but school runs and all those other kid-related and real-life interferences make it a bit hard! Ah well, tomorrow is another day – will just keep trying!