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.

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    8Theresa Gould
    I've never pumped with a machine but have pumped manually and it still may hurt. It's not wrong if you pump and it will give you a little break, but know pumping is not as effective or efficient as your baby's suckling to build up your milk supply.

    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?
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      10/24/13
      I don't have nay help for you, but I'll be storing this advice for future use. :) Stay strong, mama!
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        10/24/13
        Amanda Hurley
        Try and hang in there as long as possible. The moment you give him a bottle, there is a chance that he may never look back. I am scared that I will not be able to breastfeed this new one of mine because he has to have open heart surgery. I would try and tough it out as long as possible. I also agree with Theresa and try and find a local lactation specialist. She will be able to assist you with all your issues.
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          10/24/13
          I breast fed both my girls. With my second my nipples were blistered and scabbed. Sometimes the scabs would stick to the inside of the bra so when I would move the bra to nurse the scab would rip off. Baby wouldn't latch on if I had the lanolin ointment on my nipples so I couldn't use it with my second. It hurt when she initially latched on but after a minute it wouldn't hurt so bad.

          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).
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            10/25/13
            Aw.. poor thing. I wish I had some advice.. these Moms give really good tips. The only thing I would say is do what your gut/heart tell you to... you aren't going to screw him forever if you resort to pumping, maybe it will work really well for you - maybe you will be able to pump and feed him and make a routine. I met a gal who had this CRAZY pumping schedule down... by the time her baby was 6 months old she had a supply stocked away for A YEAR. Chin up.. do what works for you!
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              10/25/13
              I know of a lot of ladies who pumped and had a lot of success. I just didn't. I didn't have the patience for it. I nursed because I enjoyed it even though it hurt. My second was super colicky and nursing was a break from the fussing because she would fall asleep for a few minutes afterwards. Not to say she wouldn't have fallen asleep feeding from a bottle because she probably would have. I just didn't like pumping.
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              My first son Connor was born Oct. 22nd, 2013. My husband is no longer deployed and finally got to meet his son on Dec. 22nd. We are now a happy family :)