Pumping then feeding
Would it be too terrible if I just switched to pumping and feeding it to him out of the bottle. My nipples are blistering now. And there isn't enough time between feelings for the ointment or anything to kick in. Now that he's latching on good he's eating more frequently. It's to the point where I'm afraid to feed my own son cause they hurt so bad.
If you do pump and use a bottle, remember nipple confusion is a possibility because the suckling of breast and bottle is different.
I've nursed through blistered, scabbed over nipples. It's a mom badge I think. The things we sacrifice for our wee ones. It took me about two weeks with a couple of mine before the soreness went away. Don't give up yet. You and many moms before you have got through this stage.
Does your hospital have a lactation consultant on site that you can talk to?
With my first I did pump quite a bit once I got my milk supply in but figured out that I didn't like pumping. It took longer, hurt more, and it didn't seem like it did as good of a job. With my second one I didn't pump unless I needed to to be able to go out somewhere and not leak. I would rather nurse than pump but I would rather pump than leak. I was home 24/7 after my second was born because she was so colicky that we didn't really want to take her a lot of places so I didn't have to pump very often with my second. I dried up at about 3 months with both girls. My supply never kept up with the demand for either girl (especially the second).