Hi moms! This is my first post on this forum, and I greatly appreciate the forthcoming advice
My little baby girl is turning 2 months old this Friday and I had some concerns about bfing. We are EBF, her birth weight was 6lb (lowest was 5lb15oz), and at 1 month she weighed 8lb14oz. Her next check-up is on Friday.
I am dealing with OALD (since about 5 wks I think?) but it is getting better. However, I wanted to know if this will ever go away? My milk lets down so forcefully that it is painful. I've gotten used to the pain, but it is upsetting when DD refuses to nurse after only 5 minutes. She used to be a great nurser in the beginning, we had a great start, and nursing was so relaxing to me. Now it is cause for stress and seems like an athletic event as other moms have described. I used to pump in order to get a good supply of frozen milk for when I return to work in October, but I am no longer pumping after reading on this forum and other forums that this can exacerbate OALD.
DD only seems to nurse contentedly/for long periods of time when she is half-asleep, during the evening hours (after her fussy period from 6-7PM), and during the night. Right now, in order to give her a good meal, I am feeding her right when she wakes up so that she doesn't freak out too much from my milk starting to spray.
I am trying not to look at the clock to gauge how much she has eaten, but I am an engineer and it is hard for me to not quantify how much milk she has taken in. Sometimes she will only gulp for a couple of minutes, unlatch, and then keep pulling off when I try to relatch her. This will usually make her frustrated and cry, so I just give up and soothe her. Last night she nursed for 30 minutes on one side(hooray!!!) but during the entire day I could only get 5 minutes from her each nursing session.
It makes me worried that she isn't getting enough because she has been getting increasingly fussy and I don't know if this is due to hunger or because she is getting older and fussiness seems pretty normal at this age. I read the "Happiest Baby on the Block" and the 5 S's technique always gets her to go to sleep, but I am worried that she is going to sleep without satisfying her little tummy.
Her poops/pees are great, sometimes frothy with the poops but they are always yellow.
When will breastfeeding become a relaxing event that I can look forward to again? I am standing by my decision to EBF, it is what is best for her, but I long for the days when nursing was calming to her.