I am desperate! I found this site in my desperation of finding help with breastfeeding my 3 week old baby girl, Alaina. Things seemed to be on the right track during the first days as Alaina was very good about latching on. It was not until I got home from the hospital that I began to get very sore and have several questions leading to my feeling of being alone in all this! I had a LC come to my home to help with the latch on because I was so sore. She gave me good tips which worked while she was here but in the long haul sometimes the tips just don't seem realistic when I have a newborn in my arms, screaming, hands feverishly moving in front of her mouth, etc. This is when I just get her on and take the pain. I was doing a bit better with the latch on (so I think as I was not quite as sore) and thought that I could do this breastfeeding task. However, just recently Alaina has been doing some new behaviors. I get her latched on (with pain) and she only feeds for a minute or so, comes off crying, and I have to relatch to have this process repeat itself. Or, Alaina will fall asleep after latching on and lets go of me. As soon as I move she begins whaling crying and seems to want back on. We can do this up to 50 times. I do the clothes off, lights on, change diaper, etc. and she still sleeps when I am feeding her in the middle of the night and sometimes during the day. She rarely takes both sides. Even if she does stay on she does not seem content very long. I dread her waking up knowing that I have to feed AGAIN (when it was maybe 30 minutes earlier that I did) and endure the pain. This new behavior of not staying on long is confusing to me. She acts so hungry (sticking her tongue out towards me) but then does not stay on. Could this be gas? What else? All I feel that I do is feed her. I dread her waking and am not enjoying my time with her because she never seems to be very content. I do express milk too for those times that I am not around I can have someone else feed her. This is less often than she is on my breasts. She takes a bottle (which she stays with for about 4 oz and seems more content after) Any thoughts?
Also, when do I express my milk if she is feeding this often. I don't want to pump because I know that at any minute she could wake and then I got my milk out already - what then?
I am not sure if I am asking too many questions in one thread but I am desperate. I am ready to give up! Please help if possible. I need a hero right now.