My daughter is almost three weeks old and I'm exclusively breastfeeding. She has been gaining weight fine, but I still feel like I'm doing everything wrong. Right now my breasts hurt so badly. My original thought was mastitis, but I don't have any redness or lumps that come with a breast infection. My breasts are soft, no lumps, they just really hurt. Someone told me that maybe thrush could be the reason, but I don't see any white spots in her mouth. I noticed that her tongue has white residue, but I was able to rub a little bit of it off (not all).
I just feel really uneducated. She doesn't have a set time when she eats, she just eats a lot throughout the day and night. Sometimes she'll go a couple hours between feedings, and sometimes she'll eat every thirty minutes. I feed her on one breast at a time, I don't switch. Is that wrong? I don't even know if my breast is getting emptied, but she usually sucks for about 15 minutes.
Another thing is her tummy. Her tummy always feels full, it never feels really soft. She doesn't have any excess gas, but she gets hiccups a lot and goes through periods where she'll spit up a lot. She doesn't spit up after every feeding, but she's been doing it more often that she used to.
I don't know what the point of this post is, I guess I just need some reassurance that everything is normal and that I'm doing everything right. I am so new to breastfeeding so everything is very confusing to me. Thank you so much!