I'm new to this forum and I'm only 5 days pp. My little man has latched since birth but unfortunately did it improperly the first couple of days, so I'm dealing with cracked nipples on top of all of this.
My milk came in 2 days ago in FULL-FORCE, I'm constantly leaking and I'm so engorged that he's having a hard time latching due to flat nipples. When he finally does latch, he feeds for about 5 minutes and falls asleep. I've tried everything to keep him awake, skin-to-skin, tickle his toes, touch his hand, neck, etc... I was so worried that he wasn't getting enough milk but at our pediatrician appointment this morning he's already back up to his birth weight, 7 lbs. 15 oz. When we left the hospital, he was 7 lbs. 8 oz. So I know he is getting enough and he has PLENTY of dirty diapers.
My problem is with my engorged breasts. I can hardly get him to feed from both breasts in one sitting and if he does, it's usually about 10 minutes on one boob and maybe 3 on the other. I have a double-breast pump that I haven't even opened yet, is this something I can use now to help the engorgement? I don't want to mess up my milk production and I'm terrified of not being able to breast-feed him, because it's so important to me.
Any advice would be so greatly appreciated, I'm feeling extremely frustrated and emotional to the point of tears. Thanks in advance for sticking through this long post!