Looking for some help and advice with my 5 week old:
Her demands to be fed have reduced in frequency (from around 9 in 24 hours) to 6-7. Duration of feeds has reduced from 15 mins to often less than 10.
DD is struggling to poo - amount of dirty nappies has reduced from up to 6 a day to 1. It's making a normally very happy and content baby very upset - she is inconsolable at times and is exhausting herself. I find it very distressing and nothing I do seems to help. The only thing that is different is the number of poos - winding/possetting normal, and she's not ill. She is frequently straining as if she needs to poo.
I've had mastitus twice which has been treated with antibiotics, which I continued feeding though (ouch!) I've had a blocked duct for almost 2 weeks that I can't shift - have tried massage, cabbage leaves, applying heat pads, cold compresses, used shower head etc - it just won't budge. It's in the opposite to the mastitus, so don't feel I can feed more from the blocked duct side, or I end up painfully engorged and and get masititus.
I really want to continue bf for the first 3 months (going back to work at that point, and hope to continue expressing), but i'm finding it really hard just now.
Still getting plently wet, heavy nappies (arouns 8 per day), and DD shows no other signs of dehydration.
DD weight has increased steadily since the initial loss - ranging from max gain of 1lb, min gain 5oz.
A friend suggested giving my DD some formula for constipated babies to see if that helps - is this worth a go?