My friend gave birth to a gorgeous 7lbs 1oz baby girl 4 days ago. She planned on nursing her baby right after she delivered but complication arose. Her uterus started falling through her cervix which then caused her to start hemmoraging badly, she recieved 4 pints of blood and was rushed into surgery to have her uterus put back in place. So, she wasn't able to nurse her baby for several hours after giving birth. She told the nurses she wanted to nurse and the baby to have no bottles or formula. Well, the new baby was given formula until she was ready to nurse. She had a hard time getting her baby to latch on and the nurses were just like "well, she won't latch on so just let her have formula." she asked for a bf specialist who works for the hospital to come in and after a few days the specialist got the baby to latch on. She was just released yesterday and is starting to struggle again, her new baby girl screams after a few minutes of latching on and after several minutes of stuggling she caves and gives her baby a bottle . She said her milk has came in and is engorged, so I told her to pump some off to where her breasts aren't so hard and then maybe her baby will stay latched on. It worked but after a few minutes her baby started screaming and wouldn't latch back on. She is just exhausted from giving birth and the complications and surgery she just gives in. I told her to contact a local LLL member but she was told they don't do home visits often. She wants other opinions for getting her baby to latch on without her screaming after a few minutes. Her baby has a check up tomorrow and she left the hospital weighing 6lbs 10oz, which I told her is normal for a baby to lose weight after birth.
She is really trying and getting frustrated. She just called me a few minutes ago crying and said she doesn't know if she wants to continue with trying to get her baby to nurse.. Could she be having a forceful letdown?