Re: i need help asap!
hi mama! congratulations on your new baby, and on struggling through to breastfeed!
i hope someone else will comment on the burning nipples, but first i want to reassure you that eating ALL THE TIME is just what newborn babies do. breastmilk digests very very fast so it is COMPLETELY normal for them to eat for an hour and be hungry again in 10 minutes. the best thing to do then is just settle in a comfortable chair with a book or a computer and nurse nurse nurse. keep swithcing sides if baby still wants more. put your mom and DH to work bringing you food, doing laundry and dishes, and all that. for at least the first month, your job (ideally) is only to feed the baby.
when you give a bottle of formula, not only do you risk baby developing a preference for the fast flow and lazy eating from the bottle, but also you tell your body that you need to make less milk. this will eventually become a cycle and you will lose what supply you do have.
and a few questions:
when you say it looks like he's doing better on formula, what exactly do you mean?
has anyone ever helped you with latch? like an IBCLC or LLL leader?
what kind of a pump do you have? is it new? how much (frequency, volume) are you pumping?
how much formula is baby getting?
is baby gaining weight?
is baby having at least 5-6 wet diapers per day, and 4 poops?
Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.