I gave birth 10 days ago after my waters breaking. I had to be induced as I was positive for gbs. Had an epidural and the labour only progressed to 7cm dilation. They did lots of test to see if baby was in distress and by the end his head was already swollen and they thought it would be too much stress for him so I had to have an emergency c section. I asked the doctor if it was because I opted for an epidural quite early on and she said no. After the op she came and said everything was really "tight" and they needed forceps to get him out. She always said I would need to have a caesarian if I fell pregnant again. I asked her the same question when Caesarian was being mentioned before op and she said no not always. So my first question is did I affect labour progressing by having an Epi? Btw I'm 26, first baby, and had no complications during pregnancy and have big hips but apparently that's irrelevant!
So after the birth we both were fine , he didn't need any assistance and scored 9"s on his (sorry forgot the name agar? ) tests. He weighed 3.666kg.
Had skin to skin I think an hr after op. I can't even remember but I think he did bf a bit. So this was a saturday night 6.00pm time of birth. Next 3 days I was in hospital most times I bf I had midwife there either assisting or observing. All said he was latching on fine and I was doing everything right.
He was really unsettled but I was told and read day 2 and 3 is normal as they wait for your milk to come in. On the Tuesday I asked the question when I was to go home and they said I could go now. I chose to stay to that afternoon so full 72 hrs after birth.
His lips were so dry and he had hardly any saliva. I also asked them to do a jaundice test as his eye whites started to turn yellow.
After they said he's fine I was sent home. The next morning midwife came to visit and weighed him and he lost 18% of birth weight so we had to go back to hospital. Did test s and he had high sodium due to dehydration. 164 ( normal 135-145). He had to go to special care and placed on Iv drip. He was also given formula and I was expressing Breast milk. I was only expressing 20-30 ml. (when he was home that night I was offering him breast every 2 -3 hrs or whenever he cried).
So hospital said my milk just must be taking longer, maybe because of c-section. I came home again on day 8. His sodium came down and when left hospital his weight was back to 3.550kg so he is fine.
I'm now feeding him ebm and formula top ups . I'm also taking moltilium which I hope will increase my supply.
No one indicated I did something wrong or admitted maybe they made a mistake. I asked why they didn't weigh him before we left but they said they don't weigh until day 4. Is that true?
Sorry for the long post in just trying to deal with the fact I had a healthy baby which then became dehydrated as he wasn't getting anything. Even know he would suck on my Breast for half an hr. he wont breastfeed now. I've tried nipple shields, offering him before and after feeds. I'm praying that when I get more milk he will again. Do you think he will?
Also at the 20 week scan was told he was a girl! What a surprise. So pretty much nothing went to plan. I feel like a failure as I couldn't even given birth to him naturally, now can't even feed him naturally. I eat healthy, weighed75kg before falling pregnancy so I had extra reserves to produce milk. Again I'd appreciate honest opinions and won't be offended by anything you say.