My LO is 4 weeks old. I felt like we were not giving much assistance in the hospital after delivery to establish breastfeeding. I gave up and started pumping when we got home. When we went back to have our assessment, they told me my nipples were flat so they gave me a nipple shield which made it so much better, but I couldn't hang in there with the hour long feedings. My DS sleeps on the breast and when I try to wake him its like he just suckles and the milk pools in his mouth and he pulls off and spills it everywhere. I've tried nursing him with just a diaper, cold washcloth and tickling and nudging. It's an ugly vicious cycle. He doesn't get enough milk resulting in just crying to feed again constantly. Then he overeats it seems and spits up everything he ate. I'm tired and can't take care of myself since my husband went back to work. I don't get to eat or drink any water and barely have time to use the restroom cause he is constantly fussy. I want to be able to breastfeed him, but giving him a pumped bottle is so much easier, but feels like the easy way out. He has gained back his birth weight and seems to be having enough dirty diapers.
Like i said, it feels like we have not been given enough guidance on what to do with breast feeding. I feel like I am blindly going about this and I am so frustrated and getting to my wits end. I have no idea what I am doing here.