Good Morning ladies!! I want to thank everyone in advance for reading my post and responding with any kind of help you can offer as I feel like I am lost in the woods on this one!!
I am pregnant for my 2nd child, a little girl (Ada Grace) to be born on July 7th due to having a planned c-section. I tried to breastfeed my son unsuccessfully and have felt guilty since I stopped. Here's a little bit of history:
My son was born at 39 weeks and was completely health at 7 pounds 3 oz. The hospital lactation consultant and I both noticed immediately that when he would try to latch on he would tuck his lower lip in, we assumed because he spent a lot of time sucking on his arm that way in utero and after birth. Any time I would take him off my breast to correct his lip, he would refuse to latch back on "correctly" as the lc said. I woke him every 2 hours to feed and did so for the first 3 weeks of his life. He was very lazy and would feed for maybe 5 minutes, then give up. (I have heard that this is more common with boys than girls). I was beginning to feel engorged so I bought my breast pump and tried pumping and got quite a bit for the first time--almost a full 4 oz bottle--and that was immediately after I had fed him for 15 minutes on each side. He was about 2 weeks old at the time. After that I never felt "full" again and he still didn't latch on any better than before. I called my pediatrician and they suggest that I give him formula which I didn't do. The following weekend, a full 7 days later, he was crying every 30 to 45 minutes to eat, but would not eat! He refused. I tried pumping to see how much he was getting and couldn't even get 1 1/2 oz after feeding him for only 5 minutes on 1 side. I broke down and bought formula at the insistance of both my family members and the pediatrician because of his insistence not to feed. (I have since changed pediatricians because I felt like they were not supportive of my decision to breastfeed, among other things.) My son is now a happy, healthy 21 month old bruiser who weighs in at 32 pounds, but I still feel guilty that I only breast fed for 3 weeks.
I am almost to the point of desperation to make sure that breast feeding works this time. I have read quite a bit of material from LLL, talked to the nurse case manager at my insurance company, friends I have that were succesful, and now am on information overload--and to make matters worse, most of the information or "helpful hints" and advice I have gotten are conflicting w/each other! I am going to go to my first LLL meeting on April 13, but I just feel so overwhelmed and wondered if you ladies could give me some info to set my mind at ease at least a little bit before that meeting.
Thanks in advance for your help!!