I'm currently 27 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child and would really love to breastfeed him. I know the many benefits of breastfeeding and I know that it would be best, however I haven't really had good experiences with it. I attempted to breastfeed my first son, but it was SO painful!!! I had sores on my areolas and it seemed that as soon as they would be feeling better my baby was hungry again! I also had intense cramping and was concerned that he was not getting enough milk. He seemed frustrated when I attempted to nurse him. I only lasted 4 days and I put him on formula.
I was very upset with myself for feeling like I was unable to breastfeed him. I felt tricked because no one told me that breastfeeding came with those kind of difficulties. I didn't even try to nurse my second son because of that experience. On top of that after I decided to stop trying to nurse my first son, my milk came in and I was SO engorged I had milk up to my armpits! I think it might have been more painful than his birth!
Anyway, I dedided that this time I would give it another try. And this time I'm kind of aware of what can happen. Was this anyone else's experience? Did anyone experience pain while breastfeeding? How long did it last and what did you to lessen it. Was it painful when it was time to wean? Thanks for any advice you can give!!
I breastfed for one year. I didnt have pain but we did have alot of trouble latching on in the beginning. After a few weeks of practice it was easy and I really enjoyed it. My daughter self weaned at 1 year and it didnt hurt, I think it was because she had kind of been weaning herself for a month and my milk supply was alot lower than it was when I started breast feeding.
From what I understand it is usually not as hard the second time arround because you already know what to expect and how it works.
I hope everything goes well for you.
in the begining, it was hard and painful. but i hired a lactation consultant, and she showed me how to position my baby properly. she also told me to take fenugreek and there came a point where it became very pleasurable... (am i allowed to say sexually stimulating? well, some masturbate, but i nurse...)
there was this amazing cream that i used for cracked nipples called bepanthen- i don't know if it's available in the us- but that healed my nipples very fast. after that, i used lansinoh occasionally and that helped too.
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