My four week old son is constantly fussy, barely sleeps, and always wants to eat. His poops are green with mucous and often explosive w gas. He's also had a persistent diaper rash for two weeks now (despite two different prescription creams). I've worked through a lot of issues to breastfeed...I had a c section and got milk a week late, have inverted nipples, worked through latch issues that caused a lot of damage, and a bout of mastitis. I worked with a lactation consultant to heal my nipples and get a good latch with a guard and have been breastfeeding mostly pain free for about two weeks now with a nipple shield.
Unfortunately, my son is still really fussy and frequently seems to be in pain, but his weight gain is normal (he was 9 lb 10 oz at dr last wed). He constantly wants to feed and in general won't sleep more than an hour at a time (about once a day he will nap for 2.5). My LC suspects an oversupply with fore milk/hind milk imbalance. I am one of those women who does not feel a letdown, and with the nipple shield I haven't noticed any of the over active letdown issues though from time to time he has pulled off coughing. Last time I pumped for a bottle feed I got six ounces - three from each breast in about 12 min if pumping (I try to pump and feed through a bottle once every other day so he'll know how to take bottles when I go back to work) . I also stopped eating dairy five days ago at the recommendation of his pediatrician.
At the recommendation of my LC, I began block feeding yesterday. My son fed for hours straight yesterday, after he seemingly drained my breast in just 20 min or so. Should I just let him feed constantly for hours? He screams if I take him off. If I'm not block feeding, he feeds about 15 to 20 on. Each breast and will sometimes calm enough to sleep an hour. We have more or less ruled out reflux.
Even before the block feeding, I was averaging about five to six hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, so this is hard. I need help soon for my own physical and mental health. Also, to make matters worse, my husband is so sick of the crying that he wants me to stop breastfeeding completely. Im really committed to making this work and I've been through so much that I hate to give up, and I really need more help. Any ideas?