Just got home today with my 2-day-old daughter, who I plan to breastfeed. It was a long, exhausing labor (induction lasting 22 hours), but I was pleased when it was followed by a relatively easy night, morning, and afternoon.
Day 2 got harder. My little one latched on perfectly from the get go, and has a really strong sucking reflex. She seems to want to nurse (15 minutes) then starts to fall asleep (taking 15-30 minutes) then stays asleep (15-30 minutes) and wants to repeat all over again. By the time my husband or I get her down, I can only get in 15-45 minutes of rest. If after waking and rooting around for 5 min she can't find me, she wails to no end until she is back on the breast again.
The lactation consultants reassured me she has a good grip and she is having enough wet and soiled diapers. Nevertheless I can't get any rest and its wearing on me quickly. At the nurse's advice, we started using a pacifier as well (no confusion btwn pacifier and breast, she still latches and sucks like a queen), and that can get her to rest a little longer. I've tried skin to skin contact and letting her hear my heartbeat. It helps her rest a bit, but I can't rest during that time.
I know its normal to be frustrated and tired ... but I'm turning to the old pros out there for best practices, tips, and tricks to make it through the next few days until the breastmilk comes in and she can get a little more sated with each feeding. Anyone tried (for better or worse) supplementing with formula? Would it help her stay resting a little longer? For her sake, and mine?
Thanks for reaching out to a newer than newbee!