So I gave birth (no meds, no fluids) to my second child three weeks ago. I nursed my first successfully (minus some latching issues in the beginning) for two years and didn't think I would have any issues this time - I was totally wrong!
First - I thought we had a latch issue, but it ended up being thrush. I cried every time she latched on for the first week. My nipples were split open. However, my supply was great and breasts felt (very) full. She gained 6 ounces over her birth weight at our one week checkup.
I then did nipple sheilds for a week because my nipples were bleeding so badly. We did nystatin to treat the thrush. My breasts felt like they weren't full at all anymore. Didn't feel the firmness go out of them after nursing. However, I thought this was engorgement going away and my breasts were accustomed to breastfeeding (my two year old just stopped while I was pregnant) so maybe they didn't get that really full feeling anymore?
We just transitioned last week off the nipple shields and she still has some issues latching (comes off, my nipples collapse on her (they can go inverted really easily) etc. My breasts still aren't feeling so full...
She is now three weeks old and we went in because, of course, she got a respiratory virus (I guess this is what happens when you have a two year old). She doesn't have any signs of dehydration, but her weight is the exact same as her one week check up. So NO weight gain in two weeks.
I can't even get a good pumping session in to check my output. I'm so sick with this virus and she is constantly latched.
Any help, advice, reassurance - whatever really! - would be awesome. I'm starting to flip out at this point...