I have a horribly plugged duct/ducts since my milk came in 2 days ago. Dd is 5 days, and she is starting to refuse that breast, not sure if maybe the plugged duct is making it too hard to feed from? She also has a posterior tongue tie we're getting dealt with next week.
I'm sitting here pumping the affected boob with a heat pack on it - it is agony. I've also been massaging it, and offering it more often (which she will only take piddly feeds from it isn't that much of a relief!)
I'm seriously worried about her - had huge issues feeding my son, and although we're off to a better start (yes really! I actually have milk - DS never brought my milk in and it was an uphill struggle from there). Breastfeeding support have said all is looking good - her latch is good, she has wet and dirty nappies (although we're still at dark poo but not meconium which worries me too!), and she seems to be getting a good amount judging by her behavior at the breast ( swallowing sounds etc).
Midwife is round tomorrow but I'm so worried and sore. I need some hand holding and advice.
Stay away from those scales, Bunty! I tried weighing DS at home a few times and it was totally off every time! Mw needs to do the weighing on proper scales.
With the engorgement, that usually starts to resolve from about day 7 iirc. Your body has got ready for any eventuality - including ravenous twins and over the first few days after birth your supply is initially set. When bf is going well the supply becomes attuned to your baby's needs. Rock hard breasts are not to be expected after the first couple of days unless something is wrong and leakage settles.
I am bf my baby still and very rarely leak, but I have stacks of milk. I also never leaked in pg. Not leaking is nothing to worry about. I haven't had hard feeling breasts for ages.
If you are feeding around 12 times in 24 hours, baby content, is well attached, swallowing, lots of wet and dirty nappies then all seems to be going well and the mw will check her weight to ensure things are going in the right direction.
More positive, thank you! Dd has maintained since day 6, so midwife thinks she's on the up now. More dirty nappies, and tongue tie was snipped Wednesday morning making a huge difference to her technique and my pain levels. We're going to a breastfeeding group tomorrow just for some extra reassurance, but I'm hoping we're on the upswing now!