My baby will be 2 weeks old on Tuesday and BF is not going so well. She started out in the hospital going from her birthweight of 8.9 down to 7.14. Day after release went to Dr. for weight check and was down to 7.13. Suggested supplementing with formula, which we did only twice and my milk came in that very night. Went back to Dr. 4 days later and she was up to 8.2. Go back for another check on Tuesday. So thats the medical background - here is what has been going on.
For the first week or so, she was eating about every 3 hours (from end of feed to start of next feed). She would sleep for 4 or 5 hours strait in the night. And for EVERY feed I had to wake her and she fell asleep EACH and EVERY time on the breast after a minute or two of sucking. Then began the hour or hour and a half long game to wake her for the feed, each time waking only long enough to suck for a minute or two. I tried IT ALL - tickling feet, wet washcloth, rubbing body, diaper change, clothes removed, rubbing cheek, ears, hands, armpits, you name it!
About 3 or 4 days ago she finally started sucking about 8 minutes each time which drastically changed things. Feedings were shorter and I felt like she was finally learning to eat and stay awake at the breast.
But now it has gotten so much worse. Over the past two days she has hardly slept at all. She wants to feed constantly. I'll start her on a feed that takes about 45 minutes to complete (still falls asleep a lot so actual suck/swallow time is more like 20 - 25 minutes). Regardless, it takes 45 minutes to feed her and in an hour or 30 min. she is rooting again and nothing takes the crying away unless I stick her back on and then she eats another full 45 min. again (and again, thats actually about 20 -25 min. actual feeding time).
She will not sleep during the day at all for more than 10 minutes after the boob puts her to sleep. Currently, she has gone 10 hours without a nap longer than 20 min. This is scaring me!
I have not once felt "the letdown" and my boobs seem to be back to their pre-pregnancy or at least pre-milk coming in size. They feel kind of saggy. Also have sharp pains on sides of boobs similar to the feel of an underwire pressing against side, but no underwire is in my bra.
Any ideas?? Does anyone think that this is related to the won't sleep issue??