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    It's so hard!! My nipples were so cracked and then they got better but my letdown is awful. I just feel so overwhelmed and cry. I mean I don't mint the pain. It's just all the stress and thinking when will it get better?? I'm going to eventually supplement as I did with DS1 but I don't remember it being this hard. Just trying to hang in there and not give up so easily.

    I just needed to vent.. As much as my DH listens and sympathizes, he just doesn't truly understand.


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    Are you using some kind of ointment for your nipples? I used one before, I think it was called lanolin. I put it on after every feeding & I never experienced any cracking or pain. Does the hospital you gave birth at or your doctors office have a breastfeeding clinic or lactation consultant you could see for some support? I found they really eased my worries in the early stages. In any case, your doing a great job & Lucas is benefiting from it so keep it up!!
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    I remember how much it hurts at first! I used the lanolin as well and it helped. You can also buy the breast cooling packs to help when you arn't nursing. It should get better soon! Hugs!
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    I agree, lanolin is great (just don't get it on fabric because it's HARD to wash out).

    I would also recommend seeing a lactation consultant. They have a very large bag of trick to the BF to work out. There are even certain foods you can eat which help with making milk. Definitely call one! Is there a La Leche League in your area?
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    I found a La Leche League of Georgia website. There is a hotline phone number too.

    https://lllofga.org/
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    I've also been having a tough time. Keren has a very strong suck (yay!) but it makes for very painful nursing sessions. My nipples have been feeling like they're on fire and I've been brought to tears many times I have been giving her some bottles in addition to nursing - usually when I've been marathon nursing for 3 hours straight and Keren is still hungry and rooting. I have given her a couple oz of similac and it really settles her. I'm not going to stop nursing her but for my sanity I need to know that I can settle her with some formula and not feel guilty. The nipple pain is starting to get better now so hoping I can start feeling a little more in control.
    It is so hard to know what the right thing is to do without feeling guilty or feeling pressure from others to exclusively bf. But you have to do what is right for you and baby.
    I feel your pain. Hugs!!!
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    Yikes! Nursing for 3 hours straight! Do you even have any milk left at that point? My daughter was a quick nurser so she was done in like 15-20 mins tops. I can imagine you must be in pain!
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    I think we all can say we've experienced some discomfort at some point in time, mama.. But you're so strong and doing SOO good for your little Lucas by sticking it out. It WILL get easier! It can take a couple weeks, though.. MEGA hugs to you.. one thing we all do is empathize with the struggle, ladybug.

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    I think we all can say we've experienced some discomfort at some point in time, mama.. But you're so strong and doing SOO good for your little Lucas by sticking it out. It WILL get easier! It can take a couple weeks, though.. MEGA hugs to you.. one thing we all do is empathize with the struggle, ladybug.

    You can do this!!!
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    Nope, they were pretty much empty. I think he nurses out comfort too. DH got home at 5:30 and gave him an oz of formula and he was passed out. But it helped me sanity and my breasts lol definitely going to give him an oz when he does that again. It's like maybe my milk isn't filling him up. I don't know. But this morning my breasts were full and he nursed well. Little nipple confusion at first but he got it.
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