Re: Unable to latch and feed 8 day old baby.
mama, look around on this site. a HUGE number of women here have been in your position, and it worked. there was a mama here who exclusively pumped for something like three months for her baby who was on a nursing strike before they had a breakthrough! so while what you are doing is - truly - really hard, many many women have been through it successfully. and while pumping is easier than nursing for you right now, for almost everybody that switches over time - nursing gets easier and easier, while pumping stays the same and/or gets harder. so if you want to continue providing breastmilk, then it is WORTH IT to push through to get your baby back to the breast.
Originally Posted by @llli*apifera
you need help and support right now. i understand your husband needing to be at work, if this is unavoidable right now, so who else do you have to help you in htis fvery difficult time? now is the time to call in favors. friends, neighbors, church people, relatives who can come and stay with you for a few days or a week?
Maybe you're right and I just need sleep. My husband did offer to take over for me but it's almost seven and he's still at work. Not his fault, it just is what it is.
Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.