My first daughter is 3 weeks old today. She was born via c-section and we worked hard in the hospital to establish a good milk supply. I gritted my teeth through blebs and scabs healing and learning to get a good latch with a big nipple and a tiny baby and still manage nipple vasospasm daily.
The hospital had lactation consultants visiting every day and they visited before we were discharged and she was very pleased that my baby was "gulping" milk. So off we went a day early, very much the c-section breastfeeding success story.
About a week ago, my baby started having lots of gas, and rather than being the quiet easy baby she had been, became fussy and grunty even in her sleep, even after feedings. We started being very careful to burp her, but didn't really see a difference. I began to wonder if she had a food allergy - something I eat a lot, probably, like cheese or wheat.
Then yesterday the green mucusy poop - I googled it because what mom doesn't google a sudden change in diapers without any change in diet? And I ended up here, staring at a list of symptoms of oversupply that my baby has.
So, ok. Easy enougb to let her drain one breast fully before switching. (Counter to what they taught in breastfeeding class - they said always offer her the other side after she pops off). And I supposed I can manage this - easier than scabby nipples, right?
But why oh why didn't anyone ever say anything like this could happen? I saw four lactation consultants before I left the hospital and one at home a week later and they were all very pleased by my heavy milk supply. I didn't even know her gas and fast weight gain weren't normal until my mom suggested I ask her pediatrician if breastfed babies should gain weight so fast. (My brother and I were breastfed and she didn't remember these things happening with us).
And then this - I'm worried that in keeping her on one breast until it's empty I'll compromise my milk supply that I worked so hard to build. How do I make sure that doesn't happen?
This has been such hard work - so many all night feedings - so many times when I was just at the end of my rope and could not take any more but she wanted or needed boob and so I just put her on and cried through it. I finally thought we were getting it and now this - and the possibility of having it go wrong again if I mess up the adjustment makes me want to scream.