The first problem: My right breast. It seems that my nipple does not want to either stay errect or its just not large enough for my LO to latch around. She is getting enough to eat as suggested by her output in dirty diapers but I am quite confused as to how I should handle her feedings. She fusses and shakes her head and pulls away. I can get her to latch to it for literally 3 seconds then she becomes very upset and unlatches. After the first unsucessful latch, I can't get her to reattach. At this point, I generally offer my left just to make sure shes getting something to eat. She stays on that breast quite well. While in the hospital I couldn't get her to latch on to my right breast and several nurses tried to help me as well. Needless to say, they could not attach her either. I was offered a shield to assist with my right breast feedings. This did work, but now she only spits the shield out as well. Arg, its very demoralizing!
My second issue: The last two nights have been a battle and a half. My LO takes literally 3 hours to settle down, get fed, and fall asleep. She does random spurt feedings where she will cry for a breast and only eat for 2 mins, then let go. Rinse and repeat. I feel like my breasts are not producing enough milk at night. Or maybe shes emptied them? (can that happen?) I am very new to this whole experience. She also slept an amazing 9 hours last night. She finally got to sleep at 1am and at six she woke up. I tried to feed her, but she fussed and fussed and fussed. I wrapped her up in her blanket after getting frustrated and she seemed to just doze off. (without a sucessful feeding) She didn't wake up again until late this afternoon. Is that something I should be concerned about? My LO has passed her birthweight already and the ped doctors are very happy with her condition overall. They tell me she seems to be getting all the nourishment she needs and that I shouldn't worry.
Pardon my typos! I am a very bad speller =/