Just wanted to update. The good news: August gained 10 oz in 6 days!!! Woo-hoo! No more worrying about his lack of weight gain. Basically I just stopped using the nipple shield and kept doing the herbs (fenugreek, 3 caps 3x a day, and blessed thistle - 2 caps 3x a day). I am so relieved.
The bad news: Apparently all the stress has wreaked havoc on my immune system. I've gotten a cold sore on my lip - once a month since August was born. Then I've had this super sore hip/back that broke out into blisters, which I thought were spider bites (EWWWW!) since I found a spider in my bed (EEEWWW AGAIN!!). I had the dr. look at it yesterday when I took A in for the weight check and she was like, "No, that's not spider bites...that's shingles." UUUUGGHHHH. It hurts SO MUCH. Like red ants are biting my back constantly. It hurts when my *clothes* touch it! It's right on my lower back above my butt and on my left hip - which makes rest really hard since I'm always laying on it. She gave me a B12 shot in the office (which also really hurst BTW!) and now I have to take:
2000mg C 3x a day
2 ViraCan caps 3x a day
500 Lysiene 3x a day
plus all the other breastfeeding herbs, my multi, fish oil and vitamin D. I feel like a freaking old lady! I have to take a handful of pills 3 times a day! I'm waiting for UPS to deliver my topical ointment for the shingles - from a compounding pharmacy out of town. It really sucks! Apparently my body is just wrecked from exhaustion, stress, whathaveyou. I think stressing out over the baby's weight gain was kind of the last straw. Oh, and apparently shingles lasts 2-3 weeks. Grrrreat. On the bright side, it's already been hurting a week, so only 1-2 more to go, right? Blargh.