I'm getting frustrated and thinking of going to formula...I've also posted this in the Newborn Challanges forum as well - I need some help!
It feels like I'm overproducing bm - if I don't pump or get my lo to feed from the breast every couple of hours - my breasts are rock hard and I'm in a lot of pain (and I do the whole warm towel, hot shower to relieve the pain every time). I've been expressing bm and feeding in a bottle mainly bc in the first week (he's 12 days old now) he would gag and choke, bm would be all over the place every single time. Plus, whenever I fed/feed him from my breasts - he would spit up a lot more and just be more overall fussy.
I feed mostly with the bottles now but do try to nurse when I don't feel so much pain/engorged. I think that he still has days/nights confused so we are up nearly every hour between 12a-7a and I'm so tired that I give him the bottle but do try to nurse once or twice. But sometimes those nursing sessions turn out to be chaos again. Since these late nights are every hour, I'm so tired that I'll maybe skip pumping once during the night (I try to pump after every feeding) and if I skip - I'm in a world of pain.
I know that some people getting enough bm is difficult - but it seems that I have too much! And I know that bm is the best for my lo but does this mean as long as I bf I will have to continually be "emptying" out my breasts every two hours? Which equates to be tied to the pump in my case? I can't even take a nap while my lo sleeps - my breasts become so engorged within that small timeframe!!