bloody sores on my nipples
With my first child, I was only able to breast feed for 2 weeks. I developed very painful, open bloody sores on my nipples...chunks of my nipple were even falling off!
I tried to use a breast pump to relieve the pain, but that also broke my sores back open. I received help from a lactation consultant. She said I was doing everything correctly so I couldn't understand why it was doing this.
I finally gave up and gave my baby formula. I sobbed as I fed her that first bottle, feeling defeated.
With my second child, I was determined not to give up. Before she was born, I did all the research I could on breast feeding and also bought an expensive hospital quality pump to help me out.
After she was born, I gave a second attempt at breast feeding. Everything seemed like it was working out well for the first week. Then, the bloody, open sores came back.
I did everything I could to make them go away, even getting help once more from a lactation specialist. Nothing worked.
Every feeding, the sores broke open again even if I used the pump. My baby started spitting up my blood. Once again, I had to call it quits.
I felt more defeated this time than the first. I even became a little depressed for awhile. At my six week follow up appointment, I decided to ask my OB/GYN about it. he told me that there are actually women out there who have extremely sensitive skin on their breasts/nipples and it makes it impossible to breast feed without damaging them.
To hear that made me feel a little better...to know I wasn't crazy.