Friday, July 23, 2010

Nursing In Pain

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As stated before, nursing was not a picnic at first. It was down right painful - both physically and emotionally. I didn't really know that anything was wrong when she first nursed, but later that day I was hurting. My nipples were cracked and bleeding.

Our first night was spent in the hospital, both of us crying. My baby was constantly hungry, and I couldn't understand why. She nursed and nursed, but never seemed to be satisfied. We all know when babies are hungry, and don't get fed, they cry. She cried, I cried.

I sat there in my hospital bed, and felt like a failure. How was I supposed to take care of this little person when I couldn't even feed her? I asked for the lactation specialist, but it took her forever to come. She latched Sophie on, but nothing was really explained. I felt like a bad mother having to ask for help, with something that was supposed to be natural. Eventually I cracked and asked the nurse to bring me a binky. Around 4 in the morning, Sophie finally fell asleep.

The next morning I was informed that she had dropped from her 6 lbs 12 oz to 6 lbs 4 oz. She "needed" formula. I passed on the nipple tube, and just fed her from a bottle. My boobs hurt so much, even showering hurt.

When we took her home, we stopped to buy a pump. If my baby was going to drink from bottles, she'd at least drink my milk. I decided to try breastfeeding again at our home, and it worked. It still hurt, because the scabs were healing, but it wasn't the same stabbing pain. A few days after I completely healed, there was no pain at all.

My baby was a pro nurser. Had she not "learned" on her own, I don't know how our nursing experience would have gone.

 
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1 comment:

theadventuresoflactatinggirl.com said...

I hate hospitals! Gah! I had the exact same thing happen when I asked for help from a Lactation Consultant. Just walk in, plop her on, walk out. No help at all. That's why I'm having a homebirth next time. Well, not only that, but that's a big part of it. :-P

Let me know if you have any issues with this next baby. I will come and help any time day or night and if I don't know how to help, I know a bunch of people who do!