I'll try to make a long story short but my son was born on April 12 with some trouble coming out (umbilical cord wrapped, tough delivery, came out with square shoulders..). He got to see me for about 10 minutes before getting whisked away to the nursery. His first meal was given to him by bottle instead if being able to BF, and because of low blood sugar the nurse insisted he get a bottle again that night. Well, we stayed in the hospital for another two days and I finally got my son latching on pretty good. Then we went home and the very next day his grandma gave him a bottle.... so we worked on latching on again.
I was feeling really good about our whole BFing relationship when a week later we landed in the ER because he had a fever of 104. We were whisked off to the ICU in an ambulance and spent 5 days at the hospital.
Well those first 24 hours were very rough, I didn't eat or sleep and he fed only a few times. Let me just say.. OUCH the engorgement was awful! The hospital staff finally got me a pump in the middle of the day the next day. They also figured out what was wrong, he had a MRSA staph infection in his rear and had to do surgery to drain it. After that I was pumping every 2 hours and we were bottle feeding him the expressed milk because he was too weak to nurse for awhile. The staff there also kept popping a pacifier in his mouth, which he for the most part didn't like but it was necessary to calm him down for some procedures. I did manage to find some slow-flow nipples which really helped a lot (the hospital had regular ones which practically drowned him).
Thankfully by the last day we were at the hospital I got my son to latch back on and start eating exclusively from the breast but the problems haven't ended there.
He's been on antibiotics that have messed with his digestive system and he's been VERY gassy this whole time. He seems to be fussy constantly when he's awake, and we did go to the dr on Friday about it. She said hopefully it will clear up this weekend because he's finally off the antibiotics, but he was kind of gassy when we went to the hospital (they did a ton of scans of his belly making sure it wasn't intestinal because his stomach was distended and bloated). I'm worried that even after the antibiotics his tummy problems wont go away.
So far, he's a bit better and his poops are just about back to normal, but he still seems to had a hard time passing them and is still very distended and bloated. He also still fusses a lot when he wakes like he's uncomfortable, but not as much as he was when he was on the antibiotics (he'd wake and just scream). He's also wanting to nurse CONSTANTLY. If he's awake my nipple is in his mouth, or he wants it there. I feel like I can't move from my little "nursing nest" on the couch. Which I don't mind nursing him but I wish I could do something about his tummy discomfort, especially if it persists and isn't because of the antibiotics.
Worst thing is, he'll latch on fine and feel normal while he's eating but sometimes when he gets tired or is just nursing for comfort I'll start getting this horrible pinching feeling in my nipple and when i detach him (much to his obvious dislike) my nipple will look longer but slightly flattened and a tiny bit pointed. It's hard to describe but i feel like i'm always popping him off and back on to fix it.