I think I have a couple different issues going on but I'm hoping for some advice. My son is 5 weeks and I've been breastfeeding exclusively with the exception of a couple supplements in the hospital.
I have flat nipples and have been using a shield. I've tried without the shield and can't get a latch. I start with the shield and take it off after he pulls my nipple into it but it disappears when I take the shield off. Any tips?
I want to pump so I have something that someone else can give him so I can finally leave the house. I'm going back to work but not for two months, so I'm not that worried about stocking up yet. I've tried pumping after feedings but I barely get 1/2 an ounce. I feel he's nursing constantly so I don't know when to pump or what is normal to get from pumping. I also don't want to pump in between feedings (if I can find time) because I feel like I'm taking it from his next feeding. When do babies get away from constantly feeding?
I'm also haunting myself with the idea that I don't have enough milk. Sometimes I feel full but not always. He can nurse for an hour and still want to nurse. When he falls asleep or comes off the breast he's then giving me cues again in 5-10 minutes. He also likes to use me as a pacifier sometimes which I try not to do. He has plenty of wet diapers. Usually one or two poops a day. He's gaining weight, but not a lot. Birth weight 8lb 4oz, day 4 7lb 14oz, 8lbs 8 oz at 2 weeks and now 8lb 13oz.
He seems to have issues with gas. Grunty, groany crying which do or don't eventually yield results. I feel bad because I blame what I eat for the gas.
I'd love any and all advice! I keep hearing from family members that he is starved, have reflux, needs formula, etc - I try to tell myself they're wrong, but are they?