After reading over a few artlicles on the LLL website - I do not think I am producing enough milk.
My baby is 5 weeks now and here is what I am faced with. She has been diagnosed with thrush.
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 5 minutes before she then begins to naw at my nipple. 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 tired 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.
She weighed 6.4 at birth and then 6.2 - 2 weeks after birth. Now at 5 weeks she weighs 7.4
She feeds every 3 - 4 hours at night (only for 5 - 10 min on each side). Every 3 hours during the day (for 1/2 hour on right side or 5 - 10 on left and 10 on right). She does have a poop diaper with each feeding - sometimes yellow, sometimes green and about 6 wet daipers a day.
BUT...... I am constantly having to put lip blam on her lips as they are ALWAYS dry - to the point of cracking.
What is going on? What is wrong? I really want to do this, but am feeling quite frustrated with all of to 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. I cannot pump after every feeding due to demands of my other children and their schedules.
ADVICE? COMMENTS? ANY HELP........................................