I'm 4 weeks into breastfeeding and not coping with it at all. My breasts are sore and engorged and i dont feel i want to continue. I have tried my very best but it is really getting me down to the point where im constatly crying. If i decide to stop whats the best way to change to bottle feeding?
Nov 14, 2016 15:03 PM
I’m so sorry to hear what a tough time you are having. Experiencing sore and engorged breasts at 4 weeks is a likely indicator that milk is not being transferred as effectively as it could be. I wonder if somebody who is experienced in breastfeeding support has observed a full breastfeed with you? A Certified Lactation Consultant would be able to assess whether a baby is breastfeeding actively and draining their mother’s breasts in an effective way. The most common cause of this type of issue is a positioning problem and / or sometimes an oral issue for the baby, such as tongue tie. With support mothers experiencing the symptoms you describe can start to notice an improvement really quite quickly.
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