My little one is 4 days old. Born at 37 weeks due to Cholestasis. Induction went well and the doctors say she is doing great.
I have had trouble breastfeeding from day 1, her mouth is so small that it seems she only gets the end of my nipple in her mouth which makes it painful to feed her. So I got a nipple shield from the lactation specialist at the hospital, this seems to make it much better. Getting her to latch is a challenge, she fidgets and won't keep her hands out of the way, but when she does seem to latch she feeds well. Some sessions go well and some are frustrating to the point of tears, I suppose this is normal for new moms? I guess we can't get it right first time every time right?
When she is done feeding, sometimes she is tired again, so I burp her ( I rarely get any burps) instead she seems to spit up, mostly before I even start to burp her, or even during, it seems like she is spitting up everything she eats but I read it just looks like a lot?
She also coughs sometimes when she is feeding which freaks me out, I am a new mother and terrified. Any advice on how to reduce the spitting up? How to tell if the latch to the nipple shield is right? Anyone else have the same things going on or have had in the past?
Any advice or reassurance is appreciated. My anxiety is off the scale!
Side note, the doctor says her weight is good and she looks healthy...