My daughter will be 5 weeks on Monday and I've had struggles BF the entire time. We're using a nipple shield and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I had trouble getting her to latch with it so I sought help at my local hospital from a lactation specialist three weeks ago but am having trouble again! I've been having really sore and tender nipples which sometimes occurs during nursing but usually I'm just sore towards the end of feedings and afterwards. I'm going to go back again this week to see if something's wrong. I feel like though they say the latch is great when I'm there and she's doing great but then I feel like I can't recreate this at home and I lose confidence.
We've also had a marathon of cluster feedings several times but pretty much constantly for the last week. She switched to cluster feeding during the day and into the evening and then gets up every hour to 3 hours at night but sometimes will not sleep unless I keep holding her after she feeds. She does this during the day too. Yesterday she wouldn't sleep all day and it took me forever to get her to sleep nursing her and then I had to hold her for the whole 3 hour nap. Ive also been pumping to store milk as I will have to occasionally leave her within the next month because I'm finishing up my BA degree online but will have to go in to do school work every once in a while. But when she feeds this often I literally have no time to pump or only once a day and I only get 3 oz from both breasts because I cannot dedicate enough time pumping because she'll start crying to eat in the middle of it.
I've been feeling especially drained with this last week of her Constantly wanting to nurse. My husband was Super supportive in the beginning but I feel like I'm wearing him out now. I honestly don't know if this is just me being overly sensitive though and just expecting too much out of him.
My DD is gaining, has PLENTY of poopy and wet diapers so I know she's getting enough and I am committed to making BF work, but I'm just having a hard time. I feel like a Horrible mother for getting so drained and overwhelmed because I know she needs this and won't be this little forever. Is it normal to feel overwhelmed while adjusting to this?? Is this going to get better?