My mom has been a very big fan of your movement, and I'm looking for help. We have a 1 week-old who is trying to feed every 1 hour at night but can sleep 3-4 hours during the day. We want to go breast-feeding only. However, we have some issues to solve.
Our baby does appear to be gaining weight, though we went to the pediatrician today and weighed her both before and after breast-feeding, which produced a 4 ounce difference before and after. The previous weight had been between these two numbers 3 days ago, so I guess our daughter is at least not losing weight. We think she was weighed just after feeding 3 days ago, so this would place her at +2.5 ounces since then comparing to the after-feeding weight.
One problem is that our daughter was breech, and we waited until after full term for her to turn and tried a manual turn but it never happened, so we were forced into a c-section. My wife is a very scheduled sleeper and always slept nights, but now the baby wants to be up mostly at night. My wife is now trying to recover from the surgery, but is unable to sleep in the day very much and our daughter won't let her sleep at night - well, we can just let her cry for an hour or two which we have been doing so my wife can get a little sleep (I hold her, and so does my wife's mother, but the baby doesn't care, she wants to eat).
One thing that seemed really hopeful is that our daughter started strongly rooting and feeding right away only an hour after the surgery and never stopped that behavior. Then my wife's milk seemed to come in on time, about 4 days after the birth.
The problem now is that it seems one of her breasts has gone dry and she cannot get it to express. I'm worried that because of the surgery and the lack of sleep that the milk is beginning to stop. Neither of us want to turn to formula. Please help if you have any suggestions on how to keep the milk from drying up.