My dd is now 3.5 weeks old. We've had (are still having) a LOT of nursing problems along the way (see below), but dd has always been an eager nurser. She always latched on well and nursed happily. Now, it takes 20 or 30 tries to get her to latch on. She opens her mouth, latches on, then screams and pulls off. Once she's on, she usually stays there for a decent amount of time, but eventually she'll start screaming and pull off again and we go through the whole thing many times each feeding. This is breaking my heart--through all the problems, I've at least consoled myself that dd liked to nurse and was thriving. Now I feel like I'm failing at the one thing I could do that was guaranteed to comfort her. Please help!
Run-down of our problems:
*bleeding/cracked nipples early on--this healed, although my nipples seem a little bruised now; not sure why...her latch looks textbook-perfect and 4 different LCs have said it's fine; she does have some minor mouth issues (slightly assymetrical; somewhat high palate), but nothing that should cause major problems
*thrush: we treated with 2 weeks of Diflucan for me and 2 weeks of Nystatin for her; was supposed to stay on the Diflucan for 2 more weeks, but I developed an allergic reaction to it, so we had to go off; Nystatin did nothing for her--we did three days of gentian violet, which seems to have cleared up the thrushiness in her mouth; I'm on an exteme sugar elimination diet (no wheat/gluten/flour, sugar, processed food, dairy, fruit, etc.). We're both taking probiotics. We tried GSE for over a week, with little success. I'm also taking garlic supplements.
*vasospasm...trying to treat this with cal/mag and EPO supplements. Not sure if either is working, but we're giving it some more time. Hard to tell if the discomfort I still feel is from the this or the thrush
We've seen, as I've said, 4 different LCs (finally found one we really liked).