I have a newborn who is now nearly 5 weeks old. Initially after lots of problems with pain and strong letdowns breastfeeding was/seemed to be going fine! He feeds every hour to hour and half normally sometimes though it can be 1/2 hourly, day and night. The longest he has ever gone is two hours one night but that has been it.
The problem I have been having for a few days now is:-
If latched on my right side the let down is not very strong or non existent but I can hear him guzzling and it sounds/looks like there is plenty of milk, maybe overactive??
The left side I get a very strong, painful let down but can't hear him guzzling and can't hear him swallowing much.
After a few minutes on either breast he starts pulling away, arching his back, getting quite frustrated and grunting/groaning! If I take him off and squeeze my nipple to try and express some I get like a little tiny drop or nothing at all.
I perservere and keep putting him back on and I sometimes feel a couple more let downs during feeding but there doesn't appear to be much if any milk?
He is obviously getting something cos his nappies seem fine other than that they have been green or green/yellow for a while now and the last few days mucousy with some streaks of bloody mucousy stuff. He does suffer with very bad wind/gas and spends day and night groaning, pulling his legs up etc and waking himself up, hospital said it could be reflux or just that his digestive system is a little immature, he also gets major hiccups alot!! spits up after most feeds sometimes a little and sometimes a lot which can be curdled at times. His weight gain his fine, he lost no weight at all after the birth and weighed in at a healthy 6Ib 15oz, had him weighed last week and he was 9Ib 3oz.
What is going on?? I have spent most of the past 3 days with him constantly feeding, whether for comfort or for food with these problems due to another!! growth spurt (according to my health visitor, he seems to have had these growth spurts every day since he was born!) I have not discouraged this as I assumed this may help my problem, supply and demand, right? the more he feeds the more I should produce. Saturday I managed to express a total of 4 ozs so the milk was there but not getting much now when pumping?
I really want to do this but am getting very discouraged by what I am seeing/experiencing. I am a single mum with a 5 year old to look after as well so the hourly feeds and the fussing is really getting me down and I need to get it sorted out asap.
Can anyone help me work out whats going on and what I should do PLEASE!!!
A desperate mum!!