OK, for those February mamas who've had their babies, are you breastfeeding? How's it going?
We had a really rough start - Alayna has a pretty small mouth (and I have pretty large breasts!!), and she would have a really shallow latch that left me with bleeding nipples and in awful pain, dreading each time she needed to nurse.
After the first 10 days or so, it magically got lots better as we both learned what to do. But now, in the past few days she's gone back to that really painful, shallow, lazy latch!
It's the worst at night - she doesn't seem to want to open her mouth.....she'll open it a bit, I'll squeeze some boob into her mouth (which she'll then painfully bite down on!), and then either she'll push off and scream because food isn't immediately in her mouth, or she'll fall asleep there. During the day she feeds alright....still has a few issues with her latch, but nothing like at night.
A night time feed can take an hour, and she'll only be actually nursing for maybe 10-15 minutes of that - she pushes off and breaks her latch so often, or she doesn't open her mouth enough to actually latch that I have to take her off, so it's REALLY frustrating for both of us - and at 3am I'm not exactly at my best!
Has anyone else experienced their baby kind of regressing on how well they're breastfeeding?
Also - when is it OK to introduce a bottle? I'm borrowing a pump from a friend, and I'd love to have DH be able to give her a bottle every now and then at night to allow me more that 1-2 hours of sleep.
....and a few quick questions on pumping - How long should I be pumping for? How much should I be getting? If she's nursed on 1 side but only for 10-15 minutes and I know she'll want to nurse again within an hour, should I pump the side that she just nursed on, or the other?
LOL if I have to be planted on the couch for half the day nursing her, and the other half of the day for pumping, I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of it!!