I recently gave birth via csection to my first baby boy. We had an uncomplicated birth and pregnancy, MJ was 9lb 5oz and 21.25inches long. He is not 4 weeks old and I have been bf him since birth. We did need to use a sns for less than a day with some formula due to his weight loss of a lb at 3 days old because my milk wasn't coming in. He latched on great at the beginning but when my milk wasn't in and he became quite the hungry man he started to really damage my nipples. They have since healed, however my right nipple that he caused the most damage to seems like it is still recovering and doesn't seem to last as long as my other during feeds. The first 2 weeks went well and he gained his birth weight back plus some! Yay us!
However since then he has become a very fussy baby! He wants to eat every hour....and eats for 40 minutes....which only gives me a 20minute break .... but screams if i put him in a swing or bouncy so i have to hold him so really i dont get a break. He started spitting up and screaming for hours at a time with lots of back arching and not being able to be consoled. I tried putting him on the breast but he would latch on and while still sucking pull my breast and smack me and then let go and scream! He is not sleeping except for quick 20 minutes naps and only in your arms. If im not walking, patting, or swaying he screams! I am exhausted...this has been going on for 2 weeks now and im at my wits end!
I don't have anyone close to me that has breastfed so of course when I vent to family members they all tell me to quit give formula but I don't want to! I am currently trying to do an elimination diet but they says it could be weeks to see a difference...(I don't know if I can make it that long). I am wondering if its gas/reflux/or colic so I have been trying different positions and my moby wrap constantly which seems to help slightly but not enough so that mom can rest. My husband is feeling helpless so friday I finally gave in and pumped for the night so I could sleep and dad could stay up. He said he did wonderful and was very content yesturday so I continued to pump just to keep him happy. What is happening??!!?? Is it my breasts that is making him a monster? I feel like I am hurting him....I just want him to be happy so I can be happy!
Help me! I want to continue breastfeeding him but I feeling isolated and crying all day is making me feel defeated.