I don’t know where else to go for help. Got home from the hospital today, am in pain and frustrated, and have gotten a lot of contradictory advice.
Baby is a bit over 2 days old. I have had some success at getting her on the breast while at the hospital. She latches and sucks well, at least according to the various nurses and lactation consultants who helped us. I’ve managed to “feed” her a few times a day, for as much as an hour at a time.
The problem seems to be that while I have colostrum (nurses were able to squeeze my breast and show it to me), I don’t have very much of it, and certainly not enough to satisfy the baby. She’s ravenous, and so she mangles me in her desperation – she sucks really hard, engages and won’t let go, etc.
Also, since this left her screaming even after an hour at my breasts, the nurses felt we had to supplement with some formula. So I’ve been trying her at the breast, and then cup-feeding her small amounts of formula.
Since we’ve arrived at home, things have been downhill. I tried to feed her, and now both of my nipples are bleeding and horribly painful. Also, now I can’t get colostrum to show at all.
I’m worried that I am drying up. My milk hasn’t come in, and I was told it should be in by tomorrow. I just can’t put her on the breast again if she isn’t going to get something. I am going to try to pump a bit tonight, but I’m concerned that I’ve missed the boat.
Also, one thing that’s concerned me: throughout my pregnancy, and even now, my breasts never changed. I’m still wearing the same bra size I was before, and the only change seems to be the color of my nipples and the presence of some colostrum. Is it possible that my milk supply is just defective to start with? I have no family members to compare to.