I'm going to a breastfeeding support meeting at the local hospital tomorrow. My 17-day-old daughter's breastfeeding habits suddenly changed this weekend, and it's not working too well for either of us. I wanted to ask you guys if you've had any of these experiences and whether there was a solution, and if there's something I'm missing that I should ask about tomorrow at the support group.
Here's what's going on:
-Big, healthy girl who started latching, feeding, and wetting/dirtying her diapers perfectly from day 1
-My milk came in hard and fast
-She developed thrush in her second week
-Baby is on oral nystatin (side effects can include nausea and diarrhea). I'm using a topical nystatin/triamcinolone cream twice daily and an oral fluconazole tablet once a week
-After a couple of days on the medications, she suddenly became fussy and some of her stools were green and a different texture. Now she grunts and strains and kicks, but without producing a bowel movement--last night she had five runny poops in half an hour and then didn't have any for 12 hours when it picked up green again (wet diapers are still happening frequently)
-At the same time, she stopped latching properly. She sucks the nipple in and spits it out over and over, head-bangs on my breast but won't open her mouth to root for the nipple, sucks in air with every swallow of milk, and falls asleep as soon as the nipple is in her mouth. Then she spits it out and won't take the nipple again--for all of half an hour, when she starts screaming bloody murder and we start the process over. I've started feeding her in reclining and upright positions, and when she quits I burp her and try to get her to latch again or take the other breast, but no luck
So is it most likely too much foremilk? An upset tummy from the nystatin? Both? Or just a fussy baby and I need to tough it out? Or could there be something else going on?
If you had this problem, what worked for you?