My baby was born on May 17th via emergency c-section (after over 30 hours of labor, most of that natural). My milk didn't come in because my body was so wrecked and needing time to heal so we finger fed him donor breast milk, formula, and pumped milk for the first week or so of his life while my supply became more established via fenugreek.
Once my supply issues were worked out, which they now are, then came the pain. He had his tongue clipped in the hospital and seems to have a perfect latch. We've spoken with and seen so many lactation consultants so many times, and yet.
The pain now is most intense when he first latches on (30-60 seconds usually), but it's awful. Like screaming, swearing, crying awful. Sometimes it goes away and doesn't return, other times there are radiating pains throughout the breast and nipple during the feeding. And since early on, I've also dealt with vasospasms and sharp pains in the breast in between feedings. One of my nipples is visibly cracked.
As a "process of elimination," an LC started us on diflucan, gentian violet, and APNO a week ago for thrush "just to see." Neither baby nor I were showing any outward signs, but I was so hopeful that would be the fix. Tomorrow will be a week of treatment and I haven't seen any improvement other than some of the pain I was feeling in my armpit and back when he latched on has faded and is now just localized in my breast.
We even saw a cranio-sacral therapist at the recommendation of a lactation consultant to see if he could correct any invisible problem with baby's latch and I don't think it did any good at all.
I think baby has been growing through a growth spurt this week because since Monday, if he's awake, he's either fussing or wanting to be attached to the breast. Which is torturous for me. He also has started fussing at the breast after nursing for a while, which one LC suggested might just mean he gets impatient when the flow slows down so I should switch him to the other side, and back and forth as many times as necessary during a feeding, which is also awful for me since the worst pain is during that initial latch, so let's multiply the number of times that happens!
Anyway, sorry this is so long, but it's just been a really, really trying month. I'm exhausted (as is every new mom) and so frustrated with the pain. I didn't get to have the birth experience I wanted and now I'm feeling unfairly cheated out of being able to breastfeed, which is so important to me. Are there any other possibilities you ladies can think of that I should pursue before quitting? I can't live with this pain for much longer without knowing that I'm actively doing something that will help alleviate it (even if it takes time to work). I want to breastfeed and feel like I'm failing, so if I could succeed, I'd try just about anything. Thanks for reading all this and letting me vent.
P.S. I've also pumped some, but, long-term, exclusively pumping isn't for me.