After having zero breastfeeding issues with DS, despite inverted nipples, my DD is having latch issues that is affecting my supply and causing weight gain problems.
I knew things would be more difficult from the beginning. She didn't open wide and latch onto my areola like DS did right after birth. With some considerable pain and help with nipple shields (nipple shields actually hurt my nipples more, but she was able to latch better), she can latch without them, but not perfectly. I have 'lipstick' nipples. Her mouth doesn't open that wide and her top lip doesn't 'flange' out very well.
The midwives weighed her at birth and she was 7 lb 14oz. On day 3 of life she had a WIC/lactation consultant appointment and her first Drs visit. Both appointments weighed her in at around 7 lb 1 oz. At 17 days old today, she had appointments at both locations again, and weighed in at 7lbs. She is otherwise healthy. Grew about an inch in length. Good reflexes, etc. The LC loaned me a hospital grade pump and a Medela infant scale. She advised me to pump 2-4 times a day after DD nurses and then feed her the pumped milk. I do feel like my breasts are less 'full' during the day these past few days.
The Dr. wanted to see DD back on Monday, and if she hasn't had weight gain, then formula supplement. She also mentioned that she 'likes' to have babies admitted in the local children's hospital for 2 days just to make sure they can gain weight. Since I just received my pump today, I am not sure if I can get her to have substantial weight gain over the weekend alone. I am really upset about the hospital part, and I don't know how separating me from my baby is going to help our feeding situation. I need to get a new ped like right away. I do not want to formula supplement, especially without giving pumping a chance.
I have a lot of support or people who are supporting me and believing in me. DD was on the boob all day, well when we weren't rushing around in the car or filling out paperwork etc. I had her held by someone while I pumped for the first time today. I could only get .5 oz from both breasts. A week ago I pumped a bottle with a crappy little pump and got 1 oz after nursing. I am trying so hard to to lose hope. My heart feels like it is crushed and I feel like I am failing her.
Mama to DS 2/23/2009 and DD 7/22/2014