I am hoping I can get some help and encouragement here. My beautiful daughter is 5 weeks old and is currently bottle-fed expressed breast milk. When she was born, she had a low birth weight (5lbs 5.7ounces) and was given a bottle in the nursery (GRRR!) and since then has never been able to latch for a full feeding. I had a lactation consultation and was told that she had a small mouth, improper suck, my nipples are big, she is a biter, she is used to the instant gratification, and has minor breast aversion. The lactation consultant said she might be able to latch after she gets bigger. Therefore, I have come to terms that I may just have to pump and feed her the breast milk that way.
However, my milk supply seems very low for how far post partum I am. In the morning, I will get an ounce out of each breast and during the day, I get 1 and half ounces combined. My daughter currently takes 3-4 ounces every 3-4 hours (I sometimes have to supplement with formula (cringe!). I pump every 2-3 hours, have tried fenugreek, oatmeal, massaging, warm cloths, showering right before and never seem to get any more. I am afraid that I will have to stop pumping soon to save my sanity.
In addition, I may have thrush. My nipples are pink, sometimes itchy, breasts are warm to touch, small spots on them and I occasionally get a sharp shooting pain in them. My doctor gave me some Nystatin cream but so far not much progress. I am not sure how I would have thrush since she barely latches (she also has no symptoms)…but I did have to take antibiotics for a bladder infection right at delivery.
I also think my flange may be too small, I currently use the 30mm size but my nipples rub against the sides. I tried using the 36mm but the Lactation consultant thought that they may be too big!
I know this is a lot…but I am so ready to give up! HELP!!!