I'm so exhausted from trying to make breastfeeding work. My daughter is two weeks and I'm having trouble nursing her. Despite my constant efforts to nurser her, she never gets full to her content. I feel my milk supply might be dwindling, but still there. I no longer get a full feeling. She also constantly falls asleep during feedings. I read that they should suck for 10-15minutes per breast...yet to me that would be a dream. She will suck at my right side for a few minutes and that's about it. My left side seems like a lost cause. I rarely hear swallowing at that side. Either way when she is awake for a feeding she will get frustrated after about 5 minutes of feeding as if she can't get more out. Yet I check and there is milk to be had...just not flowing like a river like the beginning of the feeding.
We have been supplementing since 3 days after birth (she lost 11% of her birth weight). Today I gave a go at not supplementing and just trying to make her really work at it if she's hungry. That ended in frustration. She would suck for her 5 minutes then when I took her off and didn't give her supplemental she got upset and fussed. Even when I gave her my breast she fussed at it. So she was still hungry, upset and then because she was still hungry she wouldn't nap. I seriously am about to have a breakdown and just start all out crying.
Not to mention my 3 year old has been getting the shaft since I've been spending all of my day trying to feed the baby or get her to sleep. So in return I get her rebellion which just adds to the stress. Not to mention the fact that we are moving in three days.
According to an article on Medela's website, she seems to have a problem transferring milk which is causing her ineffective feeding. It says to refer to a lactation consultant or doctor, yet I have and their advice to give her the breast every time she cries has hot helped the situation one bit...just added to my anxiety.
Please someone help. I'm about to give up breastfeeding if this continues any longer. It just seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel for this turning into exclusively breastfeeding without supplementing.