Today, 08:59 AM
I don't think you need a kick in the pants, mama! I think you need a hug. And a big cup of tea (or maybe a glass of wine!), and for someone to clean your house, hold the baby so you can get a shower, and for another nursing mom to say "Yes, this is hard. Yes it can really suck. Yes, it is worth it. Yes, it gets easier. Yes, it is okay if you quit."
5 weeks is just about the most challenging time in a nursing mama's life. The baby is still really small and uncoordinated so feedings take f.o.r.e.v.e.r., and the baby needs a lot of support in order to stay properly latched on. The baby is growing really fast, so feedings need to be really frequent. The baby is not interested in anything aside from the breast, when it comes to comfort, so that also increases the nursing frequency. All of these factors result in mom feeling like she is hauling her breasts out every 5 minutes, and that sure does get old!
In addition, there ar a lot of things about nursing in the first few weeks which increase the "yuck" factor that comes with breastfeeding. At 5 weeks, you're likely to be leaking a LOT. The baby isn't a quick or skilled nurser, and is really small, which makes it difficult to nurse in public and very hard to envision how you ever could. (With an older baby, nursing in public generally becomes quick and easy, and because the baby latches on quicker and is larger and blocks more breast, it's more discrete.)
He is what I would consider doing, in your shoes:...