When my son was born, he didn't want to wake up to nurse, so the ped. told me to suppliment formula for a while, because he wasn't eating that well. Anyhow, so now we still suppliment because he's used to it, and he sleeps better at night after having a bottle of formula. HOWEVER, I was mostly breastfeeding . THEN... when he was 2 weeks old, my in-laws came for a visit. They were staying 3 weeks (they finally leave tomorrow). I started having problems... sore, cracked nipples, even bleeding!! I saw a LC, found out some things I was doing wrong, but it seems that the cracks and soreness just keeps coming back.. But then I wondered... could the fact that I have my in-laws basically living with me, invading my life, upsetting our schedules and such, have anything to do with the fact that I can't seem to get him to latch good, and make the pain go away!?!?! PLEASE... WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS!!!!!!!????????Answer Question
Answer by angelairelan at 7:29 PM on Apr. 6, 2009
Hmm..nipples naturally go through a "breaking down" process and some even bleed during this process. If you are supplementing it's possible that since you aren't breastfeeding with every bottle that your nipples are continuing to go through this "break down" stage. Use lanolin for nursing mothers it helps with dry, cracked nipples. Also an Lc can give you gel ice nipple packs for sore nipples.
Answer by legalmommy101 at 7:30 PM on Apr. 6, 2009
Answer by jamesmommy12 at 7:30 PM on Apr. 6, 2009
I would say YES, breastfeeding especially at first, takes not only a lot of practice but patients and quite alone time to concentrate. I will say that I think your Ped was wrong I would have never started supplementing, for some reason they tend to be big on that, I was told to do the same with my son however I flat out refused, and he did great without ever giving him formula, but since you already have I would say just stick with whatever works for you, and see if things change after your in laws leave, also there is a great breastfeeding group on here that is VERY helpful so check it out, its called Breastfeeding moms GL and I hope things get better for you!
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