Welcome to the world Hazel Jean! Born 5 days ago today, she is just sooo scrummy! I love our cuddles, I love the cute little kitten noises she squeaks when she stretches and I love running my hand through her bouncy thick hair…what I don’t love though is when it comes time to feed her… I am currently shuddering at the thought…ouch!
Aside from the first few days of getting used to it, I didn’t experience feeding pain at all with my other two children who I breast fed (with formula supplements) up until they both naturally weaned around 8 months old.
This time around though, I am in absolute nipple agony! For some reason Hazel doesn’t latch as well as the others did. She is ferocious! She sees nipple, she wants nipple! Which has resulted in extremely sore and blistered nipples which means painful, toe curling feeds with the occasional “Arrggghh” thrown in (this is freaking the older kids out to say the least!)
I have had her mouth checked by 3 separate midwifes and a highly recommended lactation consultant and they have all ruled out tongue and lip tie, it basically comes down to technique and both of us mastering her latching together, it’s not coming naturally this time though like it did with my other two children but we are persevering.
Why don’t I just switch to a bottle some of you are probably wondering… well, breast feeding just works for my family and I. We live an extremely busy life with things on most nights, always having somewhere to be, something to do, so for me, breast feeding has always been the best option for convenience.
In saying that though, fed is best – totally agree! And over the next few months I will introduce a bottle just like I did with the other two so I can supplement feeds and have my husband help out but in these early days, I really want to feed Hazel as I have done with my other children, I actually enjoy it…well I did! And I’m sure I will again!
So what am I doing in the mean time to try and help with the pain? Well, aside from having the lactation consultant (who also happens to be one of my neighbours, so lucky!) visit and give advice, I am also using and loving the new range of breast feeding products from Lansinoh. All nursing mothers have heard of Lansinoh. The little purple tube of 100% pure Lanolin which soothes and heals cracked nipples…well, no longer just a purple tube of golden goo… Lansinoh now has a range of products to assist nursing mothers.
One of my fave products is the Thera Pearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy gel disks which have been an absolute god send. I am currently keeping them in the fridge and popping them in my bra after each feed. They fit around the breast nicely and give such relief to my hot swollen boobies after feeding. The best thing about these disks is you can also heat them in the microwave and use them before a feed to assist with let down or heat them and wear them whilst pumping to help achieve a better flow.
I am also loving Lansinoh’s Ultra thin, Stay dry Nursing pads. They are super comfortable and have a soft contour so shape around the breast with ease – I seriously can’t even tell I’m wearing them unlike some nursing pads I have worn in the past that were contoured yet stiff or others that were not contoured so felt big and floppy which made them shift about and rub.
This great range along with applying the cream to my nipples after each feed is really assisting me at the moment and definitely helping me in between feeds with comfort and healing – I highly recommend giving them a try.
As for feeding Hazel…well, each feed is slowly getting better, as they say, practice makes perfect! I just have to keep reminding myself that the pain won’t last forever and it’s early days still…I’ll keep you all updated with our progress.
Mama loves to share was gifted Lansinoh products for review but all opinions expressed in this article are 100% our own words and thoughts.