Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pain & Tears! ...and HELP!!!

Never expect breastfeeding can be so tiring and terrible... Mostly because baby Zheng has incorrect latch on since Day 1 till today. Mummy thought breastfeeding will be painful at first and it is normal. Things go wrong when mummy realized mummy has sore and cracked nipple on and off. Since yesterday, mummy got bleeding nipple on the left breast.

Mummy and the confinement lady gave baby Zheng EBM (expressed breat milk) by spoon or cup. Each time we hear him screaming and crying, it is so heartbroken. Baby Zheng refuse spoon/cup feeding and will "fight" with us throughout the feeding session. After we gave him 1-1.5oz of EBM he still won't settle down by continuing screaming and crying till the breast is offered. He loves to suckle into his dreamland. Though mummy knows his latch on is incorrect, each time mummy unlatched him, he's screaming like no tomorrow! Baby Zheng cries, mummy also cries to see this (of course including the pain too!) ...

It is almost 3/4 of the time per day mummy is sitting to breastfeed him. All the joint and lower body feels painful since mummy really lack of rest. Mummy is comfortable in using football position and cradle hold position while nursing. Mummy even developed fear in direct feed baby Zheng because he tends to bite mummy with his gum and once he got on to the breast, mummy must try so hard to unlatch him. There's no lactation nurse that mummy knows in Alor Setar but will try to seek help from the government clinic which we brought baby Zheng to check and monitor for his jaudice for the past 1 week. Really hope to see Adventist Hosp lactation nurse next Tuesday (4 Nov) when baby Zheng is going back for his checkup.

My mum commented that baby Zheng is a clever baby since he's so afraid of loosing the chance to suckle on the breast, he tends to bite on tightly whenever he has the chance (??!!). Also another comment is mummy's nipple is too short and flat and this make it even harder for the baby to suck on. Once there is milk drip out (the reason why mummy can't go braless, coz the milk will be dripping everywhere!), the aerola and nipple will be so slippery to suck. Is it true the size and shape of the nipple will cause baby's mouth suction differ?

5 comments:

shoppingmum said...

Breastfeeding is not painful, if it's done correctly. I think you better get help fast instead of waiting for a few more days. Most babies like to suckle for comfort, that gives them skin to skin contact and mother's warm, so it's normal for your baby to do so as well. However, you better learn how to nurse lying down if possible. I found that most mothers don't know how to nurse lying down, thus makes breastfeeding harder. Since you have a confinement lady, let her handle everything else except nursing so that you can get some rest. If you need any help, email me ok? :)

slavemom said...

Aiyo... that's terrible. Yeah... do get help asap. Dun wait anymore. It'll oni prolong the agony. Did u try using the nipple shield? For the sore nipple, u can apply some cream. Last time I used Medela. Bb doesn't like to suck from btl? Hope bfg will become better soon so u'll enjoy the journey.

chanelwong said...

sharine, go and get help..Govt hospital will be able to help ..

Wrong latching will cause prolong pain...

By now, you shouldn't get any painful nipple..

All of us here support you...

lotus said...

Try to aim the nipple at Zheng's nose when you latch him on.
when he opens his mouth, slide in the areola region above his lower lip, and then the nipple goes in last under the upper lip.

YOu need to get help as soon as possible before your nipples get more hurt.

giddy tigress said...

To relieve the sore and cracked nipples, try squeezing a little bit of breast milk and air dry your nipples as often as you want. You need to get the positioning correct first, so hopefully a lactation nurse will help you really soon. All the best and you are doing great!