My DD is now 9 days old and we've had problems feeding from just about day 1. She was born on a Thursday and we were released to go home on Friday afternoon. At her checkup on Sunday she had fallen from 7 lbs 4 oz (her discharge weight) to 6 lbs 13 oz. She hadn't pooped for two days and had only had one wet diaper since we'd left the hopital. I was feeding every 2-3 hours and feedings would last 60 - 90 minutes because I'd think she was done because she'd fall asleep (even after vigorous stimulating) and then she'd fuss and fuss for more (always falling asleep within a few minutes). By Sunday night my nipples were incredibly sore and feeding her was excruciating. At least 5 people had looked at my latch and pronounced it fine.
At 3:30 Monday morning I fed her and she spit up blood. At that point we panicked and got some formula. She took 2 ounces and promptly fell asleep. The rest of the day I pumped and we gave her the pumped milk and formula, equaling 2-3 oz per feeding every 3 hours or so. I saw a lactation consultant on Wednesday who corrected my latch and diagnosed us both with thrush. Feedings are still frustrating because DD often has a hard time latching on correctly and always falls asleep long before she should be done (and then as soon as I move her she wakes up and wants more to eat) but it's a little better and less painful.
For the rest of the past week I've been mixing breast, bottle and pumped milk. When I simply give her the breast it is never enough - she always needs 1 -2 oz more. If I have pumped breastmilk I give her that, if not, it's got to be formula. I average 1/4 - 1/2 oz per breast when I pump, and I pump about 8 times a day in addition to bf'ding.
Frankly I feel *horrible* about giving her formula - I never wanted to go that route. But she's gained some of the weight back, and is peeing more regularly. We're still having some poop issues (none in the last 2 days) but she is happier than before. I am taking fenugreek, drinking lots of water and combining her stimulation and the pump and it's not enough. I'm so upset about this - has anyone successfully caught up from this sort of situation? What did you do? I'm tired of crying over this...
Thank you so much,