DD is 2 weeks old and we've had latching issues since day 1. After doing some research myself (mostly on this board, so thanks for that!) I figured out that I had an oversupply and an overactive letdown. After block feeding for a few days, the oversupply seemed to work itself out but I'm still dealing with an overactive letdown. When she nurses, it hurts. It's almost like she's just latching on to my nipple to try and slow things down herself. I took her to a LC and she agreed with me. She won't take any more than my nipple and it makes my toes curl. But I'm bound and determined that she's not getting formula, no matter how badly it hurts me.
When I nurse her at night, she wakes up the second I put her in her crib. Last night took 4 hours of her comfort nursing before she would stay asleep. I would try the side-laying position but that's not an option in our small bed. DH and I barely fit in there just the two of us. I'm getting really exhausted and I have an 18 month old to take care of on top of DD.
DH is having hip surgery in a few weeks and I'll be going back to work until he recovers. So I will not only have DD and DS to take care of, but DH as well. I think it would be easier to EP and possibly less stressful, but based on some of your posts I think I could be wrong. My thinking is that DH can at least hold DD and feed her with a bottle, and that would be easier than occupying DS while feeding DD.
I have a PISA and pumping right now isn't a problem, but I'm worried about losing my supply because I hear it happens a lot with EP'ers. I can already tell that my milk is taking longer to come in, possibly because DD sleeps so much. When she falls asleep there is nothing I can do to wake her up. The LC and I tried undressing her, tickling feet, skin-to-skin, everything. But she won't wake up! So I give up, and since she's gaining weight I let her sleep which I think is hurting my supply and the main reason I thought about EP'ing to begin with.
I guess it comes down to, I'm really worried about losing my supply and how I'm going to deal with it once DH has his surgery and I go back to work. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Sorry this turned out to be so long.