My daughter is 2 months old now, and we have had quite a difficult time with bfing. When she was born I used a nipple shield, then I was told I had thrush, and now yesterday I went to a new lc because the one I had was not helping. The new lc said I have oversupply/oald.
I am just so confused. I am having bad nipple pain and blanching when she nurses, which the lc said is because she is clamping down to slow the flow. She does not have green poops, they are mustard yellow and kind of watery with no curds or seedy stuff. Can babies still have yellow poop and the issue is still oversupply? Also, she gulps during feedings and squirms a lot when I am trying to latch her on. She seems sort of congested, which the lc said goes with the os/oald. She said I have nipple trauma and that is why it hurts. I also have a painful letdown. I want to scream if my husband even comes near the nips. Ah!
So what I am asking is, does all of this sound like os/oald issues? The Lc suggested letting her latch on how she wants by skin to skin contact and just letting her find the nipple. She said to nurse partially lying down, to apply warm compresses after nursing and to block feed. I have a few questions about all of this. My daughter has a shallow latch, so do I still need to continue working on getting her to latch deeper? And how do I do that?
How do I position her when nursing? I have been reclining on the couch with pillows behind me with her kind of in the cradle hold but more on top of me. It seems to squish my nipple kind of funny and the latch is weird. Also, I know this sounds stupid, but I am really kind of afraid of block feeding. I am afraid that my supply will go crazy (one boob will be huge and the other floppy). I have been feeding her on one side whenever she wants to nurse for about 4 hours at a time, but this is hard because my nipples really hurt so it hurts to have her constantly nursing one side. I have read in a few places that you can just offer one side only during nursings- would this be better to try first? The lc said that the watery yellow poops are probably her not getting enough hindmilk.
Sorry for rambling, I am just scared and confused. I have made so many posts in the last two months, and keep thinking our issues are one thing then another, so I hope I can figure out what's going on. I feel like we will never be bfing normally and pain-free. I have said I am ready to quit so many times, but I never do because I want to continue. I am just really miserable. Thanks to anyone who listens...