I am new to LLL. I am a mother of 3. My recent 5 weeks princess, 5 weeks young today. My first son I could only BF for 3 weeks, my second son I did not bf. I would like to bf my daughter for as long as possible.
I wish I would have done so with my other 2 - but did not and now am looking for help with this one.....
1.) She has thrush. Was just recently diagnosed with it when we asked her doctor why her tounge has been white since birth and what we can do for her. We asked if we should be cleaning it and she stated she had thrush. Put her on 1/2 teaspoon of Nystatin 4 times a day to be applied to inside of her mouth as a topical solution and to myself as well.
Am wondering if anyone else thinks this is too much? Is there a "natural" solution to help? I noticed the side effects of this medication can be stomach upset, diahrea and vomitting... she is having stomach upset.....
2.) The past 3 days she has latched on and drank good for about 5 minutes and then becomes very fussy and naws at me after that. Even cries and wines. She will pull her head back on my nipple and yank on it. I am wondering if she is getting enough. It is not as though she is getting too much! I feel let down about every 6 hours. When I take her off, she screams bloody murder and is quite upset. Do you think this has to do with the thrush?
She has been eating every 3 hours during day and 3 - 4 at night......
3.) How do I know what to expect at each week? Like - what should I expect at week five? What is the norm of how long and how many hours she should be eating. How much should I be producing? After reading over a few artlicles on the LLL website - I do not think I am producing enough milk. Pump after 1 hour of feeding - get nothing. Pump after 2 hours of feeding - get 1/2 ounce from Left and 1 ounce from right Pump 3 - 4 hrs of feeding - get 1 ounce from Left and 1.5 from right
When she feeds from my Left - she only feeds for 5 minutes and then starts to wimper and cry. She will continue to do this for about 5minutes before she then begins to naw at my nipple and play with it with her tounge. I will only allow her to do this for a few minutes of trying to get her to latch back on before I take her off. She will scream and cry until she cries herself to sleep.
She usually eats 10 - 15 minutes off the Right. When she will jerk herself off as if she is done, but when I go to burp her, she will scream and cry at me. She has been doing this for about 1 week now. Until then, she would feed fine off of Right - and I allowed her to feed - sometimes up to an hour on each side. She has always had issues with the Left side. I have tried putting diapers filled with hot water on my Left nipple, running warm water on my nipples, apply hot compress to them to make sure all ducts are open, but I still get the same reaction.
What is going on? What is wrong? I really want to do this, but am feeling quite frustrated with all of it and ready to give up!
I can not get to a LLL meeting because I am a SAHM who has 2 sons and 2 step sons to take care of in addition to my new princess. cannot pump after every feeding due to demands of my other children and their schedules.
4.) Recently she has been falling asleep after 10 minutes of feeding, but when I go to burp her, she starts screaming bloody murder - especially at night feedings! So I start to feed her again and she falls asleep after another 5 minutes..... we go through this routine for about 1 1/2 hour)
5.) Her poop - she has always had runny poop - sometimes yellow, sometimes green. My doctor said when it is green it is because her body can not tolerate something I have eaten - anyone else heard of this? It is usually about every other diaper and I also notice it after I eat Broccili....
But..... today her poop is not runny. Still yellow and green, but it is really sticky and seedy and sticks to her bottom like paste. Should I be worried?
6.) Pumping hurts me, especially if I am pummpig and then let her feed a few hours later, how do I make sure I maintain a adequate milk supply for her?
She was 6.4 at birth and went to 5.4 a few days after birth... but is back up to 7.4 currently......
HELP PLEASE!!!! I have so many questions and really want to do this right and for a long period of time. This forum has to be my alternative.