My DD is now 3 and a half weeks old. After the first five days of ebf my nipples got so soar the lactation consultant at the pediatrician office said I should pump until they get better, and then to go back in once they healed to re-latch her. It took just over a week for my nipples to heal enough to try and relatch her. I had been pumping and only had to supplement formula once. She did well with a bottle, and was sleeping for about three hours or so at a time, even up to 4 1/2 at night. Once I healed, the LC helped me latch the baby in the office, and feed her. She only feed for 15 minutes, but was asleep, and we couldn't wake her to try the other side. I still continued to pump some and BF some for a few days until we could get her ebf again, which is what the LC suggested. Well, now we have the problem that she will only nurse for 5-8 minutes fall asleep and then wake up screaming after 30-45 minutes. This happens all night. Sometimes while I am feeding her, she'll pull off and start screaming, and I have no idea why. It is really heart breaking to think she doesn't want to bf. I left a message with the LC, but am waiting to hear back. I would love to keep bf, but I can't keep it up like this. My husband and I are going crazy, and my husband is losing his patience with bf, he's ready to feed her formula from a bottle just to get her to sleep longer and not wake up screaming. I can pump and feed her a bottle also, but it is very inconvenient to do both, and my supply started going down when I was pumping. I've had plugged ducts and mastitis already - very painful- and that was when we started back on the breast. I tried to get her to eat more often to help with the pain, but it didn't work and I was still in a lot of pain, so I was having to pump to relieve the pressure still. I had quite a bit stored up, but her appetite has grown and she drank it all during her 10 day growth spurt.
I don't know how to keep her bf long enough to keep her asleep. She seems exhausted all the time, and fights sleep. We have to walk around with her all night, and not put her down or she'll scream.
Please does anyone have any suggestions? I'd really appreciate some encouragement also. I don't know how to keep it up and my sanity. I don't have to go back to work, so I don't have to worry about getting a supply stored up, but at this rate we can't even leave the house without her getting hungry by the time we get out of the door.