Stopping breast feeding because of pain
Hi not sure if this is a rant or cry for help.
my daughter is 6 weeks old and I've been breast feeding from the start. bit of a random decision for me because my other two were straight onto formula but surprisingly I love breast feeding.
I thought I'd made it through the hardest part when I hit around the three weeks stage and was set to continue to breast feed until she was a year. I'm now suffering from really sore nipples and I just can't bring myself to carry on feeding.
Ive been trying for several days but every feed I just sit there crying in pain. I've got nipple cream and nipple shields but neither seem to be making it anymore comfortable to carry on. my nipples have started bleeding a little bit now too and I just can't take the pain anymore.
I had some breast milk in the freezer (only 20oz) so yesterday afternoon I fed her that hoping the break would give me some time to heal so I can continue to feed but they are no better. ive now come to the decision that I need to stop all together 😢
ive read that you should stop breast feeding gradually but how can I do that if I can't cope with the pain of pumping or feeding?
i was really proud of myself for breastfeeding and sticking with it at the start when it hurt but now I feel like I've failed.
If you made it to the end of the post you deserve a medal! Thanks.