Re: Questions about enough milk
Okay, one crack and a stinging sensation plus the lipstick nipples and the fact that pumping is painless indicates to me that the cracks are being caused by a shallow latch, rather than something like thrush. I would definitely seek that in-person help from the LC as soon as possible, since latch issues can often be solved with just a little hands-on assistance.
I'm sorry the supplement-to-sleep experience wasn't a good one. I don't think formula is going to make a baby fall into shock, but it does digest slowly compared to breastmilk and therefore sits very heavy on a tiny tummy. That can make a baby act pretty logy. Was there a reason you didn't want to just nurse the baby? New babies find nursing and cuddling with mom very soothing, and often do not want to lie down alone in bed. After all, they spent nine months being a literal part of another person, so it's a big adjustment to suddenly be all alone in a crib.
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