I really want to exclusively breastfeed. My original goal was six months. Now I feel every day is a miracle. I have made it past the nipple damage stage - that's not the issue. It started when my milk came in. I became so engorged that baby was not latching and the nursing people at hospital always have the same suggestions - pump a little then try different positions. (Thank you for that recommendation for the fourth time).
I finally got lactation consultant and had to feed baby with medicine dropper and completely drain breasts with pump because baby had not eaten in like ten hours. Right breast stayed hot and engorged though. Baby started being fussy when I tried to nurse her AT&T (hospital gave same suggestions as before).
I decided to pump it dry. All sorts of blood came out and this super thick inch long goop. It looked like a third of string cheese in thickness. Baby started nursing at that breast again. Then she started preferring left again. I decided to pump right again and it had another 'clog' come out (less scary than the first lol). Then I had a glorious day of baby alternating breast each feeding.
Then last night she ate at each breast for ten minutes but never settled down. She kept acting hungry for three hours off and on but wouldn't really latch on breast, then would get mad about being at the breast (I guess). Finally got her to sleep and she nursed fine three different times every 2.5 hours.
Now she has only eaten about 3 minutes at one breast the last three feedings. I had to pump a little at both breast just so she could latch. My breasts were hot and achey again because she was eating ten to fifteen minutes the last several days and these little feedings obviously aren't draining breast. I pumped the excess - about 2.5 ounces.
I just don't know if I am doing the right thing. She has been sleeping fine after these little feedings and has wanted one every two hours. But I am sick of pumping all the time and sick of my breasts being hot and achey. I don't have a fever or flu symptoms. I am worried my supply is never going to match her feeding because of all this pumping, but I don't want the sickly blood/clogged duct again. Hospital warned I might lose my supply if she wasn't draining breast. Well this get better? I need to know it will because the stress is making me miserable.