I had a natural child birth and tried to breast feed within the first hour of my daughter's birth. We had trouble because she kept wanting to put her tongue on the roof of her mouth, she would get frustrated, and after 10 minutes of crying, would fall asleep. The nurses all tried to help me in the hospital including having me pump, and the lactation consultant was on vacation during the week I had her--just saw her this past weekend. My daughter was born on January 19th.
When she would latch it wasn't for very long periods, then she would fall asleep, become very lethargic, and have trouble waking up to be fed again. She would also become frantic and cry a lot even if we started trying to latch before she became fussy (and tried different positions--even made myself hunched over just so she was comfortable to latch!). We had to find a formula she could keep down which has been Enfamil Gentlease. I always try to feed her at the breast first. Then if she refuses, or doesn't get enough, I give her an ounce or two in the bottle. If she is still hungry, I proceed with formula. I even try to calm her when she is more awake and try to get her back on the breast. She will latch maybe once or twice a day really well, but not longer than 10-15 minutes--which is a great improvement from where we were, but not enough for feeding her well.
Once we were home from the hospital she began vomiting up the breast milk that she would get. In the hospital I had whole milk, eggs, wheat, and fruit without any problem. I did not take my singular and nexium in the hospital because we forgot to pack it. I began taking that as my doctor told me to do upon returning home. I also stopped taking the percocet they were giving me for my tailbone, because of my daughter's lethargy. I also consumed coffee at the hospital without an issue. At home I am drinking 1% milk instead of whole--that is about the only difference.
Her pediatrician did note that she is showing signs of acid reflux and we are suppose to keep an eye on it and let her know if it gets worse. It only seems to be with the breast milk that she has a problem--the formula she keeps down, but eats very small amounts at frequent intervals. I am also avoiding harsh spices because I still get acid reflux as well even on the nexium. I keep her upright for 15 minutes to half an hour and even burp her frequently.
I am having trouble keeping up with pumping lately because I was using a hand pump and am getting an electric one tomorrow (well the nipple holders didn't fit otherwise I would of had it sooner!) I did start taking fenugreek to help--4 capsules 3x a day.
I am wondering if I should cut out any foods, or if it could be from the medication I am taking? The pediatrician said it didn't make sense for her to keep stuff down in the hospital and then vomit when I got home unless it is my nexium that is the problem. I would figure that would help with her acid reflux though if it passes through. Any suggestions? From what I understand, the formula contains lactose as well.
I am just really frustrated because I want to be able to provide for my daughter without supplementation and without having to worry about it making her sick. Sorry if the post is long, I wanted to try to make sure I covered details. I have been trying all of the things in the breast feeding packets and from the class I took. I'm not giving up yet. I have my follow-up with the lactation consultant tomorrow.