I'm at the point where I'm about to give up entirely on BFing, unless someone can figure out what is going on here.
I've had enormous difficulty with breastfeeding. First, my son had kidney problems that made it physically impossible to keep up with his demand. He literally was compulsively thirsty and drank every hour.
Second, my breasts are anatomically unusual. My glands are all under the aereola, not spread through the tissue like most other women. I had to see several lactation specialists before I found one who could help me modify normal latch techniques and pumps so that I could BF and/or express milk.
Third, I kept bleeding for 8 weeks postpartum. My uterus never contracted enough and I had open blood vessels that just kept bleeding and I kept having the afterbirth contractions every time I nursed. I also had huge difficulties with supply because of this. Over the weekend my OB gave me meds to contract my uterus all the way in hopes that it would stop the bleeding and contractions.
Well, the meds fixed the bleeding issue, but I'm STILL having contractions every time I nurse. And even worse, BFing makes me exhausted. If I BF on demand, by the end of the day I cannot even speak, I am so tired.
I'm going to talk to the Dr. about the pain issue, but what about the overwhelming exhaustion? When I breastfeed only a few times a day, I am fine. But if I try and build my milk supply by pumping/feeding every 2 hours or if I feed on demand, I cannot function by 2 PM.
Has anyone else had trouble with exhaustion from BFing? Anything I can do about this specifically? Is it perhaps a medical issue?