This is my first baby. She is 3 weeks old. I have been having trouble breast feeding since the first day at the hospital. The first week my nipples were extremely sore and cracked. Just as I started to feel better I hurt my right nipple again when feeding. It looked like a blood blister and was so painful I had to express and feed for 4 days. Although I was feeding from my left and expressing from the right during this time my milk supply suddenly went down. I hardly seem to have any milk in my left. It does not feel full. When I massage and squeeze I get a few drops and when I try to pump I get a few squirts and then it stops. The right painful breast is better now and I have gone back to feeding directly however the supply in this breast drops towards towards the end of the day. My LO is typically not satisfied with her 5 pm feed and late night feed. She suckles and gulps and swallows initially and then starts to fuss and moves her head left and right. Sometimes she starts to cry when she is suckling. She also looks irritated and stressed through these feeds. She has never left my breast on her own. I have let her go on feeding to see how long she will go and she has fed continuously up to 2 hours before I pulled her off.
I do not know if I have low milk supply towards the evening. After I pull her off and try to hand express I get few drops.
I have kept feeding her even though I have no milk left and till my breast feels floppy and empty but she never seems to be full. Last night she went on crying for food till I finally resigned and gave her 60 ml of formula. After that she pooped a tonn and finally went to sleep. I feel so gulity now for giving her formula. I want to eclusively breast feed for atleast 6 months. I really need to know what is going on with me. Do you think this is a low milk supply problem?
I started on fenugreek today after reading some posts on the forum. There is no change so far. I really dont want to give formula again tonight but my breasts are empty and I have a feeling tonight is going to be a repetition of last night
Please advice. Anyone with similar experiences and anyone who overcame this please let me know it will be ok.