Please excuse me if this question was asked repeatedly before, but I would appreciate any input the forum members might have on our specific situation.
We just had a baby by c-section (due to failed induction) 10 days ago. His birth weight was 7lbs 5oz and his discharge weight (day 4) was 6-14. His weight at pediatrician at day 6 was 6-11 and his at day 10 is 6-10.
Mother is feeding him at an average of every 2-3 hours, 15 min. on both sides. He's often sleepy during feedings and lately he's been asking for it more often occasionally (almost every hour at night sometimes or right after a 30 min. feeding). Mother loves to feed him but the problem is pain at nipples. This might be due to some early wrong latching right after birth; there is also blistering at the nipples. She used these gel pads for relief for 5-6 days and she's also using a lansinoh lotion. Every time he starts feeding, she goes through severe pain which gets relieved as he continues. We try to keep him awake and alert by tickling his chin, blowing air on his face, etc.
We're fairly certain he's latched on right, but we wonder if this pain is normal or will ever go away. We also wonder if he's getting enough milk. The pediatrician told us to pump one breast while he feeds on the other, I guess in an effort to see how much milk he gets? She also said that if that doesn't work, formula supplementing might be necessary.
We are considering investing in a home visit by a lactation consultant, but appreciate any help you might provide. Thank you.