Hello all. I'm having a couple of problems that I'm hoping to find some help with! I'm beginning to lose my patience and throw in the towel...something I really don't want to do!
First problem is that my 3 week old daughter will not nurse for very long at each feeding...usually about 5 minutes (occasionally up to 10 minutes but rarely). She'll act like she's starving, and we'll get latched on (which we've never had any trouble with) and she'll gulp gulp gulp until my breast begins spraying so fast that she pulls herself off and chokes, which is my second problem. Oh, and she will also dose off without having eaten enough, and is hungry again within 30 minutes. I can't rouse her, even with a diaper change or removing clothing!
I can't get her to stay on long enough at each feeding, and get full enough, to hold her over for the 2-3 hours I'm reading should be between feedings. For much of the day, I'm nursing her approximately every hour, and sometimes more like every 30 minutes. She gets so frustrated when my let-down produces so much milk so fast that she can't swallow it fast enough. She screams and chokes, gasps for air, etc. After all of this happens, and she eventually gets some milk in her, she frequently spits up a good amount of it.
I should mention that she is definitely thriving with my milk. She was born weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces. She began nursing within the first 5 minutes after birth, and nursed for an entire hour before they took her to weigh her. When we left the hospital, she weighed 8 pounds. At four days old, she had already gained her weight back, and now at 3 weeks, she weighs 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Doctor says she's in the greater than 95% for her age. I know she's getting what she needs from me...it's just that the feedings are frequently so frustrating that I want to give up, and I feel like I'm nursing non-stop sometimes. I'm finding myself not enjoying breastfeeding sometimes, and I know it's not supposed to be that way. I feel like I'm doing her more harm than good with all the commotion with each feeding.