I'm very new to this forum. I will give you background on me and my situation. I am a 30 year old mother of two. My oldest is 11 and I currently have a 4 week old.
My newborn has been a struggle to breastfeeding but blessings have been poured all over us
At birth she wouldn't latch or do anything at that matter. For the the first 36 hours she wouldn't eat..only slept. When she did wake up she wouldn't latch. I immediately had to pump in the hospital and cup feed my colostrum. (while she was sleeping) at birth she was 6:14 and she was born at 7:15 in the morning. By that evening she was 6:9. I was sooo desperate. She did take the milk via cup. By that morning she was 6:6 I had to supplement. They started testing her blood sugar thinking it was low because all she did was sleep.
The nurses made me feel like it was my fault for my child starving and losing weight, I desperately wanted to feed my child. I was pumping my heart out only to find out she was still losing weight. I had to see the doctor 3 times a week only to see her weight go up and then down. My nipples felt like raw meat. Her NO LATCH turned into shallow latch. I bared with it just to feed my child.i was in sooooooooooooo much pain. I tried everything for relief. I finally took a break and only pumped. Well to my surprise, she took the bottle while I took a 8 hour break. My milk supply trippled and I froze it. Well that evening, I wanted to return to Feeding her. She rejected me and her bottle!
We had to be referred to a feeding therapist. After 3 sessions, she was stronger in the bottle feeding. I was pumping about 3.0-4.0 ounces from the pump. I had to wait until her feeding was strong enough to reintroduce the breast. It has been a tough road of pain....but after a trip to the LC her latch has gotten sooooo much better and I can sit through a feeding without crying myself.
I attempted to try to bf her right before I got better and her favorite breast (left) she bruised so I took a nursing break from and only pumped. That breast used to yield the most and my right didn't. Now the tables have turned and the left barely yields an ounce while right yields 2-3 ounces. My pump supply looks low, but she's nurses well and she even nurses until she spits up and she's content. Not fussy...not crying. Her diapers are excellent.
What do you think is going on? Is my milk supply depleting? Should I be concerned? What can I do to better the output of my milk?
Please explain...I have been through enough and I'm getting nervous over here...