My daughter is 12 days old and her feeding seems all over the place. As soon as she was born she latched very well and fed for over an hour, first night in hospital she seemed to want to be fed all night but wouldn't always latch on, the midwives told me to just keep at it but this was stressful as I had been for 4 hours non-stop and I couldn't settle her and hadn't slept in days (she was induced and her birth wasn't the smoothest). Then a few days ago she suddenly stopped latching properly always and at times she seems to 'faff' around even though she clearly wants to be fed. She is also sick at least once or twice a day sometimes more, sometimes just opens her mouth and milk comes back out and others it is a bit mucusy or bitty. At first she seemed to settle into a feeding pattern of every hour- 2 hours and then she had a few days with big sleeps where she could go up to 6 hours without feeding (despite our effort to wake her to feed) and then other days she seems to want to feed constantly for hours on end on and off to the extent where she will feed, be sick, feed some more, come off for 5-10 minutes want feeding, be sick etc. I try my best to keep her upright after feeding for at least 20 minutes to lessen the sick although sometimes she is sick upright or even when I put her down after this. She is quite gassy, I use infacol but she still has quite a bit of wind that you can hear and you can hear her stomach rumble loudly sometimes when I feed her. I tried feeding her the way taught by a breast feeding councellor which worked at first but then she seemed to choke and gag even more so I reverted to a shallower latch that she used to have and although she feeds better she still has her fussy moments. For a few nights she refused to be put down so I had to sleep with her on my chest although last night we managed to finally get her to sleep in her moses basket waking every couple of hours for a feed today she seemed to want constant feeding again for hours (despite being sick) and won't let me put her down at all. She has put on a pound since birth so I know she is feeding well and I've been told I have 'a great milk supply' and it does squirt out at times (probably why she seems to prefer a shallower latch) but it seems like there is no end. People say they settle down by the 3rd week but I can't see any light at the end of the tunnel with the constant feeding or being sick so please if anyone has advice or just encouragement that this happened to them I would love to hear it. The breast feeding councellor said she will speak to her manager about why she is feeding funny so doesn't seem to know and all I get from my mum and sister is that I am overfeeding her or she is comfort sucking etc when that contradicts health professional advice of not being able to overfeed a breast feed baby. It doesn't help that my sister also points out her baby fed every 4 hours on the breast and settled in between, I feel like I am doing something wrong especially with her being so sicky although it doesnt upset her when she is sick. I am started to be tempted by bottle feeding just so I can put her down every 4 hours but I know that it's not good for them
Sorry this is such a long post but thankyou to whoever reads and responds.