Anxiety Overload Feeding Pumping

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taniaL - October 12

Hi everyone..I am a first time mom and am generally being anxious about everything possible :( I am currently 10 days PP with a little boy. I tried br___t feeding in the hospital which didn't seem to go all that minute he would latch but painfully and the next he would have his mouth open but be thrashing his head side to side and screaming. Once we got home things were far was super painful of a latch because I could not get him was him screaming and thrashing and me sitting there bawling was aweful....after a week I said enough is enough and started exclusively pumping. I know br___tfeeding means bonding but I was so sad and unhapppy I started to breakdown even when I knew it was almost time for feeding, at least with the bottle we were both hapyy. Thing felt better then we went for a check up and the doctor seemed dissapointed I was pumping. He has now put me on a med for increasing supply and kept urging I see a lactation specialist. I left the office almost in tears at the thought of having to go back to br___tfeeding. So long story point is I pump usually every 2 hours sometimes longert at night if he lets me sleep more than that...I get a combined at least an ounce sometimes up to one and a quarter...I am extremely worried this is not enough after the doc appointment and that all of a sudden in the last two days baby doesnt seem content after a feeding... he justs cries...I feel highly inadequate right now anf afraid he isnt getting enough....even though he has the required amount of poops and pees....unless his fussyness is due to the antibiotics doc put me on for 7 days affecting my milk...but they said it shouldn't....HELP please!!!!!!


MrsMac - November 1

First you are being totally harsh on yourself. Second, sounds like he's hungry, not starving just unsatisfied. [Pumping is good but it will not stimulate supply like baby. The first can be quite painful and latch troubles can increase the unbearableness. While bottles can increase the latch troubles.] I doubt the antibiotics are affecting milk, more likely it's the anxiety your experiening. [Just remember BF is not the only option, and in some cases my not be best choice for mother and child.] Good Luck!!! And you've done a terrific job!



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