I am looking for advice from other moms with sleep apnea who breastfeed.
My son and I have had a really rough time with breastfeeding. He was born with a tongue tie and some structural issues that prevent him transferring milk, and I am now taking herbals & domperidone and pumping for low supply, in addition to getting Bowen therapy for my son so he can draw milk better. I don't have a full milk supply, I can make maybe 3/4 to 4/5 of what he needs, but even the milk I have he can't always get out of me, so after we nurse I often supplement him with a breast flow bottle on the advice of our lactation consultant.
I spend literally all my time 24/7 either on the pump (for low supply & because he can't draw it, i'm using it as I write this) or feeding my son. I AM EXHAUSTED, and I feel like I can't catch a break. All these breastfeeding books talk about lying down next to your baby to nurse and just drifting off while he nurses. But because I need my VPAP to get quality sleep, any time I lie next to him to nurse (not in our bed, on a separate nursing futon for firmness & safety) and accidentally drift off, I wake myself up with an apnea event. This makes me even more exhausted. My LC doesn't have any advice about this.
Right now my son nurses around every 2 hours; he is 8 weeks old. I'm so, so tired. It is starting to seem like it is just impossible to do this with sleep apnea, and I am contemplating giving up, even though I really want to breastfeed.
Those of you who have breastfed with sleep apnea, how did you do it? Does it just get easier?