Ugh-- I'm the question lady.
So, Baby L is ~5 days old. BFing was sorta going okay. Not exactly-- milk came in at 36 hours but I wasn't getting her latched right, so she did some nipple damage... but we seemed to fix that yesterday... at least, it was getting better, though it still hurt from the initial damage.
Then last night, she just kept popping off and on. Diaper changed, same issue. Tried to burp (it did seem like maybe she had some gas)-- no change, even after she passed a fair bit of gas.
She sucks for 2-4 seconds and then pops or pushes off and relatches (usually not well)... and fuss and repeat. Eventually sorta seems to fall asleep at the boob (stops sucking entirely) but when I take her off, she cries and is still obviously hungry. I tried the other boob etc... I guess eventually she got enough milk around 8 pm... whatever.
Then I guess she had a normalish session-- or a series of shorter normalish sessions around 10/11/12 at night... can't remember anymore, but I saw swallowing and she fell into a nice sleep. Then this morning at 4 am, it was back to the same as above.
It's really awful. She's not getting anything (not really seeing a lot of swallowing with this terrible new method of hers), but I know there's milk in my boobs because it dripped out overnight. It doesn't seem to be oversupply either, because she isn't choking or anything, and I didn't see spraying when hand expressing or pumping... eventually I was so engorged (that's the other thing-- engorgement, though not so much my areolae were too firm/stretched to latch) that I had DH set up the gifted Medela Swing pump to relieve me (first time I've used it). Got a fair bit of milk from both breasts (~1.5 oz total), and my boobs were softer, but Baby L still wouldn't do anything different with my boobs than what she had been...
I really didn't want to start with any non-boob feeding, but I tried a spoon, then a dropper, and finally one of the Medela bottles I had with the expressed milk. She sucked it right down, no popping off and on or anything. She was still hungry, but I didn't keep pumping as it looked like MAYBE she would fall asleep anyway. Now we have the white noise on, DH is trying to get her to sleep and I have a call in to my MW, who is also supposed to help me with lactation. So... maybe.
But any thoughts?
I have looked up everything I can, and it doesn't seem to be illness or gas or anything... ?? It just seems to be a problem with my boobs or my way of feeding or something-- but why all of a sudden?
I have been sobbing half the night. I don't want to get her started on a bottle. If you have any thoughts at all, they would be dearly appreciated!