I'm desperate right now... My 5 week old has had a bottle twice in her life. The first time was when I went to the hospital (my mother had to watch her, pre pump, so no other options for her. lol) and the second time was just a minute ago. I have been working my butt off to keep breastfeeding exclusively. I found out I have a blood clot (bottle 1) and despite being assigned meds I couldn't take while breastfeeding, I got a second opinion with a second breastfeeding friendly prescription, but I am at my breaking point!
For the past couple weeks my daughter nurses constantly... Literally... The bottle today came after 4 hours of nursing, with very short breaks. She latches fine, and I know she is getting milk (the post nursing dribble reassures me there. lol), but it's just non-stop. I couldn't handle it anymore so I caved. I think my nipples were about to fall off...
I am the first person in my family (in generations) to breastfeed so I have no support system to rely on. No one has done it so no one understands it, and my questions are answered by google alone!
So, here is my question. Is this normal? She nurses all the time. I go through a million diapers a day, so she MUST be getting enough, but why does she seem so hungry and fussy all the time? What can I do to stop this?
She is gaining weight slowly, although her pediatrician isn't concerned since she IS gaining.
After the bottle, she is now full, content, and happy. What am I doing wrong? I know formula is harder to digest, but the longest break I get from nursing is at night, where she sleeps 4 hours. Aside from that, I'm lucky to get 45 minutes between sessions...
Help? I am feeling inadequate and so ready to give up... Losing that fighting spirit I did have! lol
Edit: On a related note, any tips on how to spare my poor boobies? I have nipple cream, so they aren't dry or cracked, just mega sore. =P