The dawning of breastfeeding day 2 and I'm already starting to get blisters forming.... After getting really bad damage to my nipples with my first little boy i'm really nervous as I don't fancy having painful breastfeeding for a whole month....
My little fella is still not latching well, with lots of head bobbing and turning even when my nipple is in his mouth. I've got no idea what to do to help him (see day 4 for my lactation consultants ideas).
My midwife visited and said that what I was describing sounded quite normal. Looking back at that and my gut feeling to that advice I feel silly for not just going with my gut instinct and instead being told "it's normal" again....
He's not opening his mouth wide enough and I can see him pursing his lips a bit so I know the latch is not right. It's so bizarre knowing that his mouth should be open wider and lips flanged out more but not really being able to do much about it.... (I'm going to make a video about it all soon to help show you more about how I got over it.)
He's also started vomiting a bit - I know I have a lot of milk (colostrum really at this point) as i can hear him swallowing and I know that it's going to overfill his tiny little stomach, but there's not much I can do.
I almost want to introduce a dummy/pacifier so e can still suck to sleep without overfilling, but I also know it will make his attachment worse and I don't want any further damage to my nipples...... Ahhhh the dilemmas!
He's feeding 2-3 hourly so i'm pretty happy with that. I'm getting some 1.5-2.5 hour sleeps which somehow is working for me! I guess because my husband is amazing and is looking after me and my first boy so well that I can lay on the couch and recover a bit.
My favourite bit is him falling asleep and still somehow managing to suck and swallow for a good 5 minutes! At no other age are we ever able to do that ;)
My First Baby
Feeding Infants - My Son's Birthday
My Second Baby