I'm five days postpartum at the moment, a first time mom and I know it hasn't been long and both my new daughter and I are still learning but there are some developing issues that I worry if I don't fix them now it may result in bad habits and be unfixable in which case I will have to pump and bottle feed.
First, she doesn't have a very good latch on either breast, it seemed she was getting better on the right breast but there is another problem with that that I will cover later. I know her latch is not good because it hurts. She frequently will take both the nipple and a little of the areola into the mouth but spits most of it back out until she has just the nipple. I wonder if maybe because she's so small and her mouth is small, plus I have very large areolas so it's difficult for me to judge aside from feel also she's very squirmy, that this is why she may be having trouble latching but I'm just fishing. Also there is a clicking sound frequently when she does latch on for an extended period. There are other signs of bad latch as well, leaking milk out her mouth and sometimes I can't see the pink of her lips. I don't know how to
Second, she has recently been favoring the left breast, the nipple on the left is slighty better, my right is a bit more flat but she's fed perfectly fine on it before. She will suck on the right for a second or two then let go and I have to put the nipple back in her mouth constantly
Also, she fights me sometimes for feedings, she's spit the nipple out but then look for it so I know she's hungry but she squirms and only latches for a few seconds and I can't get her to feed for more than a few minutes. She has been falling asleep at breast too, which also results in a short feeding.
Am I misreading her hunger signals? Is she fighting because she's not really hungry? It will have been 3 or more hours since her last feeding so she should need to eat.
These are the main issues. I may be forgetting some but these are what I feel need corrected the most. I want to contact my local support group or the lactation consultatant at my hospital but the holidays are putting everything on hold and I worry the longer I go the worse it will get as she starts to learn improper feeding techniques. Any advice from anyone on how to fix some of these issues or what may be wrong?