When I was pregnant with my first I did my research on formulas. On the back of the can on Parents Choice (Wal-Mart brand) where they list the ingredients, they also list the ingredients of Enfamil and Similac, so I bought a can so that I could sit and compare the nutrition of the 3 and the Parents Choice was WAY better than Similac and kinda neck and neck with Enfamil but the PC was half the price of Enfamil so I decided to go with the Parents Choice. I didn't compare the PC to Gerber because my Wal-Mart doesn't offer a very large selection of that, but they cary a very large selection of PC (iron, soy, gentle, sensitive etc.). Formula is expensive and as long as my baby was getting the nutrients that he needed, I didn't see anything wrong with going with a generic brand that is half the price of name brand.
What are the possibilities of becoming pregnant again while breast feeding & on birth control?
you should consider your chances of getting pregnant while BF and on the pill the same as if you were just on the pill. BF def dosent reliably stop pregnancy so just elminate it as a variable of contraception.
You may or may not be ovulating, the influx of hormones from BF can help to mask this, so just assume you are to be safe.
Take your pill regularly, use back-up method if you take antibiotics, corticosteroids, sedatives or miss a pill and you should have the same chance of not getting pregnant as anyone else who isnt BF.
In response to another answer....not all birth control is going to affect the baby. I breastfed a BOY baby while i took birth control. Im sure you have gotten a new birthcontrol pill from you docotor that is safe for BF such as a POP (progesterine only pill) or mini-pill. these are just fine for pregnancy.
How can I increase breast milk supply after stopping breast feeding for 2 months?
You can increase your milk supply but it will take work! If you haven't stopped lactating completely it will be easier. You will need to nurser her at the breast as well as pump as often as possible, no longer than every two hours. When you do need to feed her with formula until your milk comes fully in, use one of the supplemental nursing system that Medela makes so your breasts will still get the stimulation.
I would recommend you start taking a couple of herbal supplements such as fenugreek and goat's rue. Both work to increase milk supply and goat's rue will also help develope more mammary gland tissue. Be sure to consume plenty of calories and stay hydrated as both supplements can lower blood sugar, as well as making milk just requires more calories and can dehydrate you.
If you have stopped lactating completely (doubtful so quickly), don't fret. It is possible for women who have never had a child to induce lactation simply by pumping with or without herbal supplements. You could try Motherlove More Milk Special Blend. I have used the two main ingredients found in it's formula and it really did work. Again, make sure you have your baby close as much as possible and nurse often, even when using formula until your milk comes in with a supplemental feeder.
Best wishes with your breastfeeding.
Theoretically breastfeeding reduces the chance of getting pregnant again. However, like trying to use ovulation timing to prevent pregnancy, this is just as reliable. It's only slightly better that taking absolutely no precautions.
Anyone who relies on breastfeeding exclusively for birth control will likely end up with a double bonus. On the plus side, you can feed two at once. Better hope the second time isn't twins.
As far as I am concerned that is what women are made for. God made us physically this way for a reason. It is the healthiest thing for the baby and the mother. They have done studies and the longer you breast feed up to a year the chances of breast cancer declines. It can also be done in public if done discreetly. I have been known to do it and people do not even know you are doing it. They just think the baby is sleeping. A child should stop at around a year old or possibly younger if they wean themselves. My son weaned himself at 7 months. He just started to do morning and night then just night. It is a mothers preference. I have know some parents to do it till 4 years. It is way too long. There should be some limits. Hope this helps. :)
What kind of apparel should I purchase now for breast feeding?
I breastfed my daughter and bought none of the above, I used my maternity bras and just wore a vest under my normal top. Simply lift the top up and the vest down.
However they recommend not buying a nursing bra until at least 36 weeks.
Pumps wise, an electric one is much easier and quicker than a manual one.
can i start back breast feeding after stoping for 1 month?
Nurse and nurse and pump and pump like every 2 hours.
Take Fenugreek and Mother's Milk tea.
Talk to your doctor and a lactation consultant, there might be other medications/remedies you can try.
But the more you stimulate your breasts, the more milk you will produce.
What are the chances of getting pregnant if your breast feeding and on the pill?
For breastfeeding to be effective as birth control, you have to feed the child exclusively (no formula or real food), every 4 hours, then kid has to be under 6 months and you can't have your regular period. At least that is what all the websites says. So for you breastfeeding is passed the point of birth control sorry! As for the pill, The package says you can miss up to 2 pills in a given month without worrying. Take a pregnancy test and considering getting the plan B pill. Also, set an alarm so you don't miss anymore pills!
How likely are nipple piercings to cause problems with breast feeding later in life?
Nipple piercings may cause small breastfeeding problems. Women with nipple piercings may face at least some risk of being unable to breastfeed later in life because of blocked milk ducts. Such complications as accidental tear-out of a nipple ring or an allergic reaction to piercing may later result in breastfeeding complications. I would think twice before doing it. Moreover there are non-piercing nipple rings that look great very sexy.
Do you think it is possible to start breast feeding after?
There is absolutely no reason why not. If that's what you want to do then by all means have a go, your son will still reap the benefits. If you have a pump, start pumping frequently throughout the day like every 2-3 hours and speak to your dr or a lactation consultant as you may need medication to assist you to re lactate, though you may not need to take it, pumping may be enough. It could be worth contacting your local breastfeeding support network (aus bf assoc, la leche league etc) for some extra support as I've heard it can be difficult. Good on you and good luck if you decide to do it
Hi, the idea behind veganism is not to participate in any form of animal exploitation. Since a mother breastfeeds voluntarily this is not exploitation. Unlike a human milking a cow, a mother freely choses to feed her baby.
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, it's only drinking another animals breastmilk that we see as unnatural.
How do you keep your breast feeding baby from biting?
For a few weeks my son would bite at the beginning of a nursing session like he was making sure the nipple was there I guess. I would look at him, say "Ouch that hurts mummy" and put him down. I'd wait a minute or more if he was playing and try again. It took a few weeks of painful nipples but he stopped. He has 2 teeth on the top and bottom that are really sharp :s If your son is biting during a nursing session, he's not latched properly and playing. If he's suckling correctly he can't bite. It's a painful stage in his development but it will pass in what feels like forever. It just takes patience. Good luck.
How many ounces of breast milk should my newborn be eating at a feeding?
They should eat til they're satisfied. I know that's a vague answer, but that's pretty much what my daughter's pediatrician said when I asked the same question. She said typically newborns will eat about 2 ml per feeding, but my daughter will suck down 4-6 ml easily at each feeding. I'd say that you should just play around with it for the first few feedings and see what they accept. Then you'll have a good idea of what they're expecting, and as they want to eat more and more you'll know to increase what you're giving them. Good luck!
How long after you stop breast feeding should you get your period?
im still breastfeeding and i got it one day for like ONE DAY. :)
and ive been crampy and hungry. i wonder if its just my uterus shrinking still or if im going to get it :)
everyone i know has a different answer for this one !
How should I deal with my 3 year old doughter and breast feeding?
She's imitating what she sees. That's how she sees a baby being cared for, so she cares for her "babies" this way too.She probably dresses and changes her doll's diaper as well. I wouldn't make a big deal about it.
What are the odds of getting pregnant while breast feeding?
Around 2%, but only if solely breastfeeding, once bub starts solids and is feeding less it will increase. I was still breast feeding my 18month old when I fell pregant with my 5 month old, by then he was only feeding once or twice a day.
What are the side effectst of breast feeding to a womans breasts?
Clinical studies have proven that breast feeding does not affect the sag rate in your breasts at all. Time and gravity are the main causes and wearing a bra can increase sag rate as it removes the breasts natural exercise from movement. The nipples grow during pregnancy, nothing you can do about that. The breasts will grow in size depending on hpw big they are now. If your breasts are quite small then you can expect a 2 cup size increase. They will also get firmer as the glands swell and change the fat ratio. Breastfeeding has also been proven to prevent breast cancer and takes the baby fat from the mother. Not to mention all the other health benefits to baby and the emotional benefits. Oxytocin is released everytime you breast feed. If you breast feed for 2 years or more you child will practically never get sick (or you) you will experience a mild euphoria when you feed and you will get down to your prebirth weight without any exercise. Good good good system!
Would you consider pumping your breast milk is the same as breast feeding?
Yes you still burn calories and yes the baby still gets the same nutrition (although perhaps not EXACTLY the same as the fat cells can cling to the plastic or glass of the bottle, but in such small amounts you don't need to worry). However, it's very very much more draining and harder than regular breastfeeding, and because the pump isn't as efficient as the baby at draining your breast or stimulating milk, you may experience supply issues more often than a woman who breastfeeds at the breast. The other thing to consider is that the action of breastfeeding at the breast stimulates more muscle action and can contribute to early development in that sense whereas bottle feeding is a more passive action. This doesn't last beyond the nursing stage however so isn't a major consideration.
What sense does breast feeding make if you can't do it for long?
I enver switched to formula, you don't have to do that, people just choose to. You think men have always aha formula? Alos, a little breastmilk is better than no breastmilk either way.
My first nursed until he was nearly 2 1/2 years old and my second son is 2 1/2 months and won't be weaned anytime soon
What happens to your breasts after breast feeding?
The latest medical research says that breastfeeding does not increase sag rates. Sagging is caused by gravity and poor health or lack of exercise. The Coopers ligaments that hold them up need to be exercised like anything else. After weaning they will shrink as the glands that produce milk are not needed. Use them or lose them! You can keep them bigger by nipple stimulation. Makes them think they are still needed.
How much danger is there with breast feeding while taking pain pills?
I was on vicodin and ibuprofen after my c-section 6 weeks ago and breastfeeding. They told me there would be no risk, however the baby just may be sleepy. If you have any concerns however, just have your wife call her doctor. They can give her something else or adjust her dosage. Congrats on the baby!!
Breast feeding to avoid pregnancy with minipill, how did that work for you?
i breastfeed and i have been taking the mini pill since my daughter was 6 weeks old and i have not gotten pregnant yet...i thought that when my daughter was breastfeeding less i would have to switch to a stronger pill but my doctor told me i don't have to so i am still taking it i only nurse my daughter at bedtime and i have been only nursing her at bedtime for about 4 months now and i always take my pill on time and i have still not gotten pregnant...just make sure you always take your pill on time!!!
but there was another question that was asked on here a while back and it was another girl or woman taking the minipill while breastfeeding and she did get pregnant...but i don't know if she missed a pill or didn't take it at the right time...
I am breast feeding my newborn and was wondering how long will be breasts feel tender and super large?
After my milk came in, my boobs only hurt for a week. Some people are saying a whole month? I guess everyone is different..goodjob for making the decision to breastfeed as you are giving baby the best start possible(=
As for the melons returning to normal size...yes they do, well at least mine did! Unless you go longer than normal without feeding. Then they'll get engorged. Pump if need be.
Goodluck!!! And YES it definately gets easier..
How many of you quit breast feeding after your baby bit you?
I didn't. I would shriek (involuntarily) and he would cry from the noise I made, and then I'd spend like 5 minutes calming him down and we'd nurse again. It didn't take too long for him to figure out to stop. When he was teething he'd always get a little bitey again, but we made it through. Still nursing at 2 years and now he certainly knows not to bite.
Have any breast feeding survival tips for the first week?
I have breastfed both of my sons for 2 years each and I found that even though it is really sore and tiring you just have to break through the pain to get it established if it is sore.
My first son my nipples were so cracked the midwife said she had never seen anything like that before and I sat on the bed crying cos I couldnt do it anymore but then I just went through the pain for a couple more days and it got heaps better.The main thing to remember is that they are not hungry that puts alot of mothers off B/F but they are fine and in a few more days there will be heaps of milk.I think the biggest mistake is giving them a bottle bcos then the breast will not be enough for them
Best of luck Any questions just ask:)
What do your boobs and nipples look like after breast feeding?
My breasts look like I have given my babies a wonderful start at life. I earned every stretch mark I have.
Honestly, they are wonderful. My husband loves them, and mine are way bigger than before I started having kids. They are a little saggy, but that's from no longer nursing, and they don't get full anymore. Since I have large breasts anyways, I can't be certain that it was the nursing that made them fall some.
Pregnancy is what changed them for me, not the breastfeeding, aside from them being more sensitive now.
I couldn't pump well at all, so I have limited knowledge about that. What I do know is that baby will always be able to get more than a pump and many women have troubles pumping only and eventually dry up. (Many, not all)
LOL ... criticism? Why whatever do you mean? JK
I know your situation ALL to well. Sure it's okay to still be breastfeeding. There's no evidence *anywhere* to suggest that this isn't beneficial. However, it's vastly unaccepted in our culture.
There's a reason why NO reputable organizations put a limit on the age.
Every mom is different.
Every child is different.
Every nursing relationship is different.
You have to go with what you feel comfortable doing. I was in this same situation around the same age, and I decided to focus on weaning. I did it in a very gentle and kind manor, so it was drama free. 3 was simply past MY comfort zone. 1 is the limit for others ... everyone has their own idea, and since there is no general rule of thumb, everyone thinks their way is the right way.
I hope you can keep others criticism aside, introspect, and find out what the right thing for your family is.
If you want any advice or support, feel free to email me!
What are the advantages and disadvantages of breast feeding?
I love breastfeeding! My son is almost 8 weeks old and I love the time we get to spend together while he is nursing. I mean, you feed your baby for 10 months and then suddenly that link is severed, breastfeeding keeps that link. It is wonderful bonding! Not to mention free! Also, there is no better food for your baby, your milk is made JUST for your child. Your baby not only gets full, but also your immunities. Breastfeeding also helps with mom's weight loss, as well as getting your uterus back down to its normal size. I honestly can't think of any disadvantages, all the leaks and engorgement is 100% worth the experience!
What do you think about the experience of breast feeding?
I did all my reading when I got pregnant, and I was determined to make it to at least one year and I would have walked through fire to get there (and I did).
For most, it doesn't hurt if the baby latches on correctly and a lactation consultant can help if the baby isn't latching correctly. For me, it did hurt. The first few months were really painful. I checked with a lactation consultant and the latch was perfect. I just had really sensitive nipples. Plus my daughter had reflux, so she pretty much nursed every 30-45 minutes around the clock.
But regardless, I was going to make it to a year, no matter how much it hurt. I figure if I bring a child into this world, it's my duty to give her the healthiest start, so I just beared through the pain and would not let myself make any excuses.
After a couple of months, the pain subsided and it was pretty much smooth sailing from then on. I had some plugged ducts and I leaked everywhere and anywhere and anytime, but those were just inconveniences more than anything else.
At first it made me a little uncomfortable to nurse in public, simply because I really hadn't seen it except a few times here and there. So I bought one of those covers and tried to find a private place to nurse. After a while, it felt "more natural" to me to breastfeed and I realized that I was probably drawing more attention to myself by covering and hiding than I would if I just nursed wherever I was.
So I started doing just that, and I realized that my theory was right. 99.9% of the time, people had no idea. In fact, my dad had a massage right in front of me and the massage therapist, even though carrying on a conversation with me, had not realized I was nursing until I mentioned that her full belly was why my daughter fell asleep.
I pretty much nursed wherever after that. I pulled up my shirt just enough, and I nursed walking through the mall, in restaurants, at an air show...whereever she got hungry and most of the time, no one even noticed.
I don't feel weird about breastfeeding around older children. In fact, I think it's important for them to see that there is another way of feeding a baby than with a bottle. I mean, I was so used to seeing bottles that I had actually thought that formula was an essential part of feeding a baby until I got pregnant and started reading!
As for breastfeeding older kids...I'm on the fence there. I'm all for breastfeeding to about 3 years old, but then it starts to seem a bit excessive.
No, it was never difficult for my child to suckle. Breast size or nipple size has nothing to do with it because they don't really suck on the nipple. They take in the area around the nipple (the areola), so your nipple size really means nothing.
Anyway, in the end, I nursed both my kids for just over 2 years each. Now they are 5 & 8 and I really miss that time. It was such a nice thing to just be there at 3 am in the dark and quiet just singing or rocking my baby and nursing. My children are very affectionate even today, but there's just something about nursing that is calming and just sweet...it's hard to explain.
Would it be wrong to stop breast feeding once I start back to work?
A lot of moms stop breast feeding when they go back to work. My son is 6 weeks old and I had to stop feeding him at like 2 weeks because I got into something I was allergic to and was on medication that isn't safe for him. I tried to pump but I dried up. I was very upset but the dr said it was okay. I have my son on Enfamil Premium Lipl. Its suppose to be as close to breast milk as it gets. Hope all goes well for you :)
How can I start breast feeding if I have no breastmilk?
Congratulations on your twins!
I completely understand what you are going through. I needed to pump my breastmilk while my 35week gestation son was in the NICU for 3 weeks. However for the first 4 days I would only get 1-2 drops of colostrum after 20 minutes of pumping! It may not seem like a lot, but give that colostrum that you are getting to the nurses; even a little bit will help. My milk took about 5 days before it came in. And it was a week before I felt like I was actually getting a respectable amount.
You really need a more powerful pump than a manual one. Especially as you are getting your milk supply started. With as much as you will be pumping you need a powerful one. A manual one will take you about an hour to get out of one breast what you can in 10 minutes with a hospital grade one. Plus you can pump both breasts at the same time. Ask the NICU nurses or the hospital's lactation consultant where you can rent one today! Also sometimes your insurance will pay for the pump rental while your twins are in the hospital if you get a prescription for it from their pediatrician or neonatalogist.
To bring in your milk by pumping, you have to pump at least 8-12 times a day for 10-20 minutes (this means waking up in the middle of the night.) I know it seems like a lot, but it can be harder to stimulate the milk supply when pumping and not breastfeeding. It is important to drink a ton of water. Also I found that taking fenugreek capsules and blessed thistle (not milk thistle) from health food stores helped to increase my supply once the milk started flowing.
Please don't get discouraged. It is difficult enough to breastfeed and then when you add having your dear babies in the NICU it is even more frustrating. Just know that even if you aren't able to produce what you think is a lot of milk that even little amounts will help your little babies. Good luck!
What are the rules with breast feeding and drinking alcohol?
It's good that you have breast milk frozen. Make sure you have as much frozen as possible. Dumping and wasting once thru the night is a good idea simply so your breasts don't become impacted and sore. I think that by the time you are no longer feeling the effects of the alcohol, it should be out of your breast milk. But depending on how much you drink, the timing can be much longer.
So if it were me, I'd pump enough ahead of time to get the baby through the night and then some. Have more breastmilk saved than you might think is necessary because you never know, as the evening progresses, you may be out longer than you plan or you may have a drink later than the planned stopping time or more to drink altogether than you plan.
It takes approximately 3 to 4 hours for the alcohol from one drink to leave your breastmilk. So you need to keep this in mind when deciding how much alcohol to drink. The more you drink, the longer it will take for the alcohol to leave your breastmilk. I know it's your 21st birthday, but you may want to still drink in moderation.
Here's a reputable site with good information; it's the La Leche League.
What are the benefits of breast feeding? How much more does it help with baby's development and such?
Breastfeeding is more than a lifestyle choice — it's an important health choice. Any amount of time that you can do it will help both you and your baby. There are many benefits of breast milk for mothers, babies, and others.
Benefits for Babies, Moms, and Families
Breastfeeding is normal and healthy for infants and moms.
Breast milk has disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness, and even SIDS. Infant formula cannot match the exact chemical makeup of human milk, especially the cells, hormones, and antibodies that fight disease.
Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of these health problems: In Infants: In Moms:
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS
Necrotizing enterocolitis, a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in pre-term infants
Type 2 diabetes
Postpartum depression (PPD)
Studies are still looking at the effects of breastfeeding on osteoporosis and weight loss after birth.
How small is a newborn's tummy?
Photo courtesy of La Leche League International
Breast milk is different from infant formula. Colostrum, the thick yellow first breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth, will give your baby the best start at life. It is known as "liquid gold." It is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby as he or she first enters the world. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold. A newborn stomach is only the size of a large marble at first!
Your milk changes over time to meet your baby's needs. Your breast milk that begins to be made by the third to fifth day after birth has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby's growth. It will be a thinner type of milk, but just as full of all of the nutrients and antibodies for your baby.
For most babies, breast milk is easier to digest than formula. It takes time for their stomachs to adjust to digesting the proteins in formula because they are made from cow's milk.
Premature babies do better when breastfed compared to premature babies who are fed formula.
For more information on infant formula safety issues, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
When you breastfeed, there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. Unlike human milk straight from the breast, infant formula has a chance of being contaminated.
Breastfeeding makes your life easier. You do not have to purchase, measure, and mix formula. There are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night!
Breastfeeding can save you between $1,160 and $3,915 per year, depending on the brand of formula.
A mother can satisfy her baby's hunger right away with breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding requires a mother to take some quiet relaxed time for herself and her baby, helping them bond. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm, and comforted. Breastfeeding mothers may have increased self-confidence and feelings of closeness and bonding with their infants.
Breastfeeding during an emergency can save lives.
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Benefits for Society
Breastfeeding saves on health care costs. Total medical care costs for the nation are lower for fully breastfed infants than never-breastfed infants since breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations.
Breastfeeding contributes to a more productive workforce. Breastfeeding mothers miss less work, as their infants are sick less often. Employer medical costs also are lower and employee productivity is higher.
Breastfeeding is better for our environment because there is less trash and plastic waste compared to that produced by formula cans and bottle supplies.
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The U.S. Surgeon General Recommends Breastfeeding
The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that babies be fed with breast milk only for the first six months of life. This means not giving your baby any other food or drink — not even water — during this time. Drops of liquid vitamins, minerals, and medicines are, of course, fine, as advised by your baby's doctor. It is even better if you can breastfeed for your baby's first year or longer, for as long as you both wish.
Solid iron-rich foods, such as iron-fortified cereals and pureed vegetables and meats, can be started when your baby is around six months old. Before that time, a baby's stomach cannot digest them properly. Solids do not replace breastfeeding. Breast milk stays the baby's main source of nutrients during the first year. Beyond one year, breast milk can still be an important part of your child's diet
Aside from all this useful information, I breastfed
How do you feel about breast feeding in public & until what age should kids stop being breast fed?
I believe that breast feeding is great! in public i don't mind seeign women feed their child. but for crying out loud use a blanket and cover it up! there is NO reason i need to see your boobs flying everywhere. personally i would never breast feed an older child (2 yrs on) and even that is stretching it. i'm thinking i will exclusively pump after baby grows teeth. there is nothing wrong with bottle feeding as long as the baby is getting nutirents. I do think it's an issue when a older child breastfeeds to soothe themselves because they don't learn techniques to self soothe. just my thoughts.
So-called "baby food" mush is not healthy. The vitamins are all processed out of what once was nutritious food. It also tastes somewhere between awful and vile. If a baby is *ready* for food, there is no reason not to give actual food instead of mush. If the baby isn't ready for food, there is no reason to give *anything* other than breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding should *never* hurt. It can be uncomfortable for some women the first few days, but more than just a bit of pain is a sign of a problem. Fix the problem, no more pain!! If you have pain when nursing, talk to a local La Leche League Leader (see sources section below). Her help is *free* (although she'll undoubtedly welcome a donation to the organization).
Well, if the spot is warm and red, she could have mastitus. It's an infection of the milk ducts and it occurs when the baby doesn't empty the breast all the way. I would suggest that after the baby feeds on that side, pump the rest of the milk out. If you don't have a breast pump, you can hand express the milk. Start at the top where the breast meets the chest wall and squeeze gently as if kneading bread. Rotate your hand around the breast and gradually move down towards the nipple. At this point you can stay in the nipple, areola area. Squeeze firmly, but gently where the areola meets the skin and sort of roll your fingers towards your nipplle. Repeat this until there isn't any milk coming out. (or it's just a bit) Don't give up on the theory that the baby is latching on wrong. Sometimes the mother has a hard time getting comfortable with the baby on her non dominate side. Keep trying. If the nipple itself hurts while the baby is latched on, use your pinky finger to break the seal of the baby's lips on your breast and gently pull it out. Try again. Make sure your nipple is in the center of the baby's mouth and that it took most of your areola into it's mouth. Also make sure that the baby's ear, shoulder and hip are in a straight line. If the baby's head is turned, it may be sucking unevenly. use pillows, blankets anything you can to make it more comfy. Try different chairs, even the floor. It may also work well if you lay on your side with the breast closest to the matress as the one you're nursing from. It's easier to get the baby aligned that way!! It also gives your arms and back a break! Good luck!!! Dont' give up yet...
Pumped breastmilk is good at room temperature for 8-10 hours.
Don't worry- your baby won't eat spoiled milk, anyway :)
ETA: From http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/storagehandling.html:
Human milk has been found to have properties that protect it from bacterial contamination which allow it to be stored longer than was previously thought. Guidelines for breastmilk storage are as follows:
Freshly expressed breastmilk may be kept at room temperature for up to 10 hours (colostrum or milk expressed within 6 days of delivery can be stored 12 hours at room temperature).