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    When I got pregnant I was determined to breastfeed. I am doing so but it is very difficult. The first fews days DD basically chewed my nipples off. They got to the point where they were completely scabbed over and bleeding. The LC requested I buy nipple shields to help. Within the 2 days I was letting them get shipped I started pumping and feeding DD formula. She did very well on the formula...but I missed the bonding and I wanted her to get the nutrients from the breastmilk. I have the nipple shields and have been useing them but they cause air to go into her stomache and she has been crying for the past 7 hours because of it. We gave her formula. Am I a bad mother for wanting to give her formula and pump breastmilk from now on...and maybe nurse her once a day? I know everyone is going to say that I am not...but I still feel this way. BTW I HATE pumping! I am willing to deal with it though. Or....do ya'll think I should go to just formula to lessen the stress of all this. I know that would be the easiestbut would it be besy?
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    When I got pregnant I was determined to breastfeed. I am doing so but it is very difficult. The first fews days DD basically chewed my nipples off. They got to the point where they were completely scabbed over and bleeding. The LC requested I buy nipple shields to help. Within the 2 days I was letting them get shipped I started pumping and feeding DD formula. She did very well on the formula...but I missed the bonding and I wanted her to get the nutrients from the breastmilk. I have the nipple shields and have been useing them but they cause air to go into her stomache and she has been crying for the past 7 hours because of it. We gave her formula. Am I a bad mother for wanting to give her formula and pump breastmilk from now on...and maybe nurse her once a day? I know everyone is going to say that I am not...but I still feel this way. BTW I HATE pumping! I am willing to deal with it though. Or....do ya'll think I should go to just formula to lessen the stress of all this. I know that would be the easiestbut would it be besy?
    I think you should do what is right for you and your baby. Formula feeding does NOT make you a bad mother. If you think it would be a better choice for you and your baby, then go for it.

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    its up to you but it wont hurt her either way. how old is she? because the pain will subside at one point you just have to work through it
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    She is a little over a week old
    She has latch on problems. She can't open her mouth wide so that she can get the areola, she is only able to get the nipple itself
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    The first two weeks is the hardest. I reccomend the lanolin cream to put on your nipples, that helped with the pain sooo much.

    IF you decide to BF/FF it doesnt make you a bad mother.
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    There is nothing wrong at all with choosing to formula feed, however, if she is only about a week old, I would recommend you keep working with her to help her latch. It is possible that she will be able to do it soon and be able to breast feed with no pain for you.
    As far as I understand about breastfeeding, it isn't easy at first and babies need help latching just as much as mommy needs to understand what needs to be done. I personally would give it a couple more weeks to see if things get better.

    Formula feeding is not WRONG however. if it turns out that that is what is best, then that is what is BEST and therefor should be done.
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    I'd call your Dr or the nurses in the delivery department - tell them your difficulty - and ask that they put you in touch with a lactation specialist.
    A lac. spec. will be happy to help! She will watch you nurse and help you figure out WHAT is wrong and how to change it!
    I didn't consult a lac. spec. with my first two kids and suffered, miserably, with scabs and just agonizing pain for a few weeks before I gave up. I really wish I continued, though, they would have benifited from it.
    So with the next pregnancy I did consult a lac spec and she was able to help me figure out the problem and I nursed for over 6 months without any problems.

    In the meantime I would try to pump to keep your milk supply up.

    If you're still lactating it's not too late and if your baby doesn't take to switching back then you can at least express and bottle feed routinely.
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    i used lanolin cream for my cracked nipples and it really helped...stained my nursing bras, but helped. it's permeable so the milk can pass through it and the baby doesn't mind the flavor because it is virtually tasteless. my son was so eager to eat all the time (he's a big boy!) that he would sometimes latch only to the nipple and then adjust himself while eating. lol. it does hurt, but it gets better because my nipples seemed to toughen up with time and he wasn't able to hurt them as easily. as for pumping, i had to pump when i returned to work and it would make my nipples hurt so bad! i don't know why. lol. i hope you are able to continue breastfeeding, but only if you find a way that makes you more comfortable. ya know? it's not a good bonding experience if you're in pain all the time. also, formula feeding is not a bad thing. you are not a bad mother for feeding your baby formula...many mothers do it.
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    Lanolin and warm compresses will help with the nipple pain. The first month is the hardest part.
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    Definitely speak with a lactation consultant if you haven't yet, they have a lot of good ideas. And it's normal for it be extremely painful the first 3 weeks or so. But sometimes babies just have a lot of trouble breastfeeding. If you keep working at it and find you're still not getting over the latch problems, it's definitely a possibility to pump and do formula. My daughter would never latch on one side, so I was constantly having to pump the one side while she nursed on the other. After a while of that, I just went straight to pumping both every couple hours and bottling it. Missed the actual breastfeeding experience but it was so stressful for both of us struggling through the latch issues that exclusively pumping worked out great. My son on the other hand was a beautiful nurser, 9 months of nursing, no problems. Each baby is different. Make her healthy and happy, that's the important thing, not whether its breastmilk or formula.
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