A week ago I posted to someone that bfing was going well. Who was that mommy and what happened to her and her dd?
The latch is improving. The engorgement is being managed and improving, too. Now all of a sudden I am questioning my milk supply. Starting sometime in the wee hours Moira Grace began nursing for an hour at a time every two hours and fussing like she wasn't satisfied even after these marathon feedings. This evening before dinner after bfing for an hour and still screaming for more I broke down and tried some formula. She gulped down two ounces, burped and slumped onto my chest, falling into a deep sleep for the first time all day. (She'd slept previously, but very restlessly, waking up a lot and fussing.) Now she is not a vigorous nurser and she also does do that suck, sleep, suck, sleep thing that some newborns do... dh thinks she just isn't efficient enough to get enough milk as I seem to have plenty when I try to express some milk to relieve the engorgment. (Please don't recommend pumping, btw, I have no sensation of let down and this has made pumping very difficult for me in the past. Now that I am spending nearly 12 hours a day nursing, I can't even imagine having the time or inclination to try pumping!) I do, however, feel very "empty" after an hour of nursing. It actually begins to feel painful as if I've been sucked dry. Oh, she has plenty of wet and dirty diapers which I was always told was the measure of whether or not baby was "getting enough" but with this fussiness, I'm no longer sure if this is reliable.
I feel like I've never nursed before and frankly, I feel like an utter failure. How can this be so difficult? And, can you be engorged and not making enough milk, simultaneously?
Mom to Anabel (7), Patrick (4) and Moira Grace (1)
HG Free since 4.22.05!!!