Ok I'm going to give my story from the start, and if anyone has any insight I would really appreciate it! It's been a long 4 weeks and I am stressed, frustrated, and at the end of my rope.
My son was born on 7/28, and I started trying to breastfeed from the beginning. He had trouble latching and had low blood sugar levels, so the pediatrician insisted I allow a few formula supplements at the hospital. My milk took a little bit longer coming in (day 6), so we supplemented with formula then too. We have had successful latches on and off- the first two weeks were painful, but seemed to be getting progressively better and we were rarely supplementing. Week 3 things started to go downhill again as latching hurt again, and sometimes the entire feeding session hurt. We started supplementing again (2-4oz a day) as he didn't seem satisfied after a feeding and I was in so much pain. (Please no judgement on the formula) I thought maybe I had thrush, so my PCP gave me Nystatin for it. I went to see a lactation consultant that ran a support group, and she observed a feeding, helped me with positioning, and things felt better. She said Nystatin doesn't really work for thrush but I don't think thats it, since the pains I was having don't happen if we get a good latch. I try my best to duplicate that feeding, but sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I also went to another support group run by a breastfeeding counselor, who suggested I take my baby to a chiropractor, as his birth was long and difficult (pushed for 4 hrs and a vaccuum was used) and sometimes that can cause alignment issues that affect latching. Did that today, and no major problems found. I got a prescription for APNO two days ago, and yesterday had little to no pain. Now I have intense pain again today. To top it all off, the past few days my baby has been definitely more upset than normal. He's been much fussier in general, and has been spitting up/vomiting frequently. He does it after every feeding, (formula or not) and for up to a couple hours after. He seems very uncomfortable and I'm wondering if he's having painful reflux which may be affecting his desire to feed efficiently. I'm seeing his pedi tomorrow for his one month appt, but I am so spent by this. I feel like I've tried everything and I don't know what else to do! I don't want to stop breastfeeding, and I love how satisfying it is when it's working! (The few times it has) But I feel like I'm missing out on enjoying my son and my stress is making us both miserable. HELP!