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This morning, baby was born Wednesday morning so I wasn't completely expecting it already (with dd1 it came in on day 5. Anyways I'm HUGE again and it's been painful to nurse... Again , tho this time I'm not bleeding, my nipples are just bruised :-/ is there anything I can do to help with that pain? Seriously I just had a baby without meds and I'm wincing and carrying on just feeding her! Lol she seems to be latching great and she is def filling her tummy so I don't know what the problem is.
Also what about pumping to help the engorgement? I know the more you get out the more your body will make- and I'm making plenty - but they are so sore, hard and big I'm afraid not to b/c baby is lazy lol... She'll only eat on one side for a few min then sleep (there's no waking her I've been trying to change her after the first side but she'll only latch suck for a few times and they sleep for a couple hours till she's ready again... But by then I'm practically begging her to eat!
Anywho, if anyone has any advise I'll take it! THanks in advance!
I would just hand express to relieve the discomfort of the full breast and that will also soften the breast and make it easier to latch. Have you tried lansinoh or ice packs on your nipples? is there anyone you can see to check her latch to make sure it is ok? does the pain stop once she is nursing?
Does the pain last throughout the entire feeding or just when the baby first latches on? To relieve the engorgement, rotate warm and cold compresses, take your motrin that they prescribed to you after delivery as that will reduce swelling, and soak breasts in a warm water bath. Don't do it in the bathtub, take a bin and fill it with water and then lean your breasts over into the water. I also highly recommend you finding a lactation consultant. Some insurance companies will pay for lactation consulting services.