Good thing Adam likes pancakes… (boob update)

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who went out of their way to email me, facebook message me or comment on my Broken Boobs post! I’m so lucky to have readers who care enough to reach out when someone is in need. 🙂

So, just a quick boobie update while Ellie is sleeping…

I finally broke down and called a lactation consultant recommended by a girlfriend last week. After explaining my circumstances, I listened as she 1.) made me feel SO much better about not producing, 2.) made me feel SO good about how strong I was during the first few weeks when everything was so stressful surrounding Dirk’s funeral and 3) explained that she could probably fix me. Of course I cried a little bit, but she made me feel okay about that too.

She also deduced that I have THRUSH… Ellie must have passed it along to me when she had it a few weeks ago. So THAT’S why my boobs hurt so bad, and also probably a lot of the reason why I’m having trouble with my milk volume. Crimony! So I’m on medication now, and so is Ellie (again).

I’ve spent the last few days basically sitting in bed breastfeeding on demand, and pumping only really in the morning and at night (I can still only pump about 2-3oz a day max, ugh). I got a prescription nipple cream from my doctor that contains 2 different types of anti-yeast medications, an antibiotic, plus a steroid for swelling. So far I love it.

The lactation consultant also recommended MotherLove products (More Milk Plus) to help increase my supply… I ordered some online (eBay, because I’m a cheapskate and), but since it hasn’t come in yet I’m taking the herbal supplement Fenugreek for now. Oddly enough, it makes me smell like maple syrup. Like, REEEALLY. Adam thinks I smell like pancakes! I think I can live with this side effect for now. 🙂

I’m still having to supplement formula a few times a day, but our breastfeeding rythm is getting better. I’m hoping that once the infection clears up in both of us, things will get even better.

Aaaaand now the baby is awake and clearly hungry. I don’t know why I even bother wearing a shirt.

3 replies
  1. grace
    grace says:

    Anna ripped my nipples a new one. Literally she ripped up my nipples so bad I got a bacteria infection in my blood through the cuts she left me, mastistis on one side and I had to be hospitalized for 3 days when she was about a week and a half old. Cheer up 🙂

  2. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Eeeeek!! Poor Mommy! Yep, mine were pretty torn up but I definitely didn’t have to go to the hospital. Ellie’s done nursing, she wasn’t even interested after I started working again. Bummer, but I figure I’ll just try again with the next kiddo! 🙂 Thanks for sharing Grace!

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