FTM here. I've been trying to post on this forum since we got home from the hospital and that was 3 weeks ago! Finally, the site decided to let me complete my registration, so I will now explain myself and ask....and vent.
My LO is 3 weeks old. In the hospital the LC's adamantly encouraged skin to skin contact and also breast feeding right after she was born via c-section. I was so upset I had to have the surgery, the nurses knew how important breast feeding was to me so they wheeled me into recovery and I saw my girl within minutes. I didn't really understand how to feed her at first or how to hold her to nurse. She found my nipple during skin to skin and I was able to nurse for a moment before we needed to get back to the room and they cleaned her up. After that it was a nightmare. Her latch wasn't correct and by the end of our first night in the hospital, my nipples were bleeding and scabbed over. SO PAINFUL! Anyway, the LC's were amazing and helped me so much. When I went home I was feeling better about the nursing, but couldn't truly tell if it had improved because I was so sore. Well, after our first week home I was so upset, I was in tears crying while nursing her because of the pain. I was truly lost and had no hope. Finally my DH and I broke down and gave her the little 2 oz bottle of formula from the hospital. I felt awful...betrayed by my body especially after my unplanned c-section. I knew she needed to eat though, and the formula got her to bed. At that time I didn't know I could've pumped a bottle instead, so that's why I gave the formula. After that I decided to go to the LC again. They had been so nice, calling ME to check up on me since I went home and making sure I was doing better...
We determined that my LO was eating about 2 oz and was getting enough milk, but her latch was really hurting me still. After she worked with us, I was more confident when I went home. That was when my LO was about 1.5 weeks old. Since, she has gotten to be much better at latching. She was past her birth weight at her 2 week check up as well so I was relieved to know she was getting enough.
Until the other day, she won't latch big anymore! She isn't just on the tip of the nipple, but only has a small section of the areola in her mouth. It isn't painful at all (I'm recovering from a cracked nipple on one breast too) and I hear her swallowing...but it's making me nervous because she all of a sudden quit napping between feeds. It's like she won't settle. Her pee/poopy diaper output is normal, she is dirtying diapers round the clock. She also would not get calm last night around midnight. Usually my DH will give her pumped milk at midnight so I can get SOME sleep. She will pass right out. Last night she devoured 4 oz in 1-2 hours time and wouldn't pass out! Finally I put her down in her bassinet at 3 AM and she fussed for a minute then finally fell asleep. She pooped twice last night during this fiasco and it was small, and green! Not yellow like all day before...but now it's back to yellow. This worried me because I thought her latch was wrong and she wasn't getting enough...wouldn't that explain the green stool and her not settling? I also thought perhaps she was just cluster feeding or something. Why would she just randomly stop napping? I always had to wake her to feed during the day...now, she will just sit or lay there wide awake. I thought that was a good thing, maybe she'd be tired and sleep at night but boy, was I wrong!
I'm wondering if this is a growth spurt or if is she is just not satisfied? I can't tell if she's nursing for comfort or whatever else....every week is a new hurdle and I'm DESPERATELY trying not to give up but I'm confused. I don't even know what I am asking, just putting my story out there maybe someone can help me make sense of what is going on. I'd like to add that I am currently on an anti-fungal medication because I had burning and itchy nipples, no fever or other symptoms.. Seems to be getting better, baby had no visible symptoms of thrush at the time i started the meds.
LO has been great other than this...first week was a TRUE NIGHTMARE! Second week had me hoping....and until now, she had been sleeping and doing great! Maybe it's just a small bump in the road but her not napping and settling at night like she has been is driving me up the wall! I know newborns are unpredictable and make their own schedules and rules, but I really want to understand this more! My mom didn't breast feed any of her children, but me for a short time so I have no other place to go for suggestions/guidance. Sorry for the novel- Just needed to purge all of that info out of my head!