You're a trooper! I BF'd for ...three days in the hospital before I asked for a bottle. I had already planned to supplement - so I didn't feel "too" bad, but after that one bottle, she wouldn't even want the breast. The doc said that Julie realized instantly that it's much easier to get a bottle than to work on BF'ing... and now? She totally on a bottle, she won't even take the breast at all.
Oh no Adriana! The reason I know it's not just a growth spurt for me anyway is that he's totally unsatisfied. Last night I would nurse him, he would cry right after he came off the boob. I could NOT satisfy his hunger and finally gave him 2oz of formula and he was content as can be. Then today - same thing. He kept pulling on my boobs because the milk just wasn't coming/fast enough and I gave him formula and he was out like a light and still is!
I think of a growth spurt as they just want to nurse more often - so they will feed and be content for awhile and then want to nurse again but will at least be satisfied for awhile.
My friend said growth spurts take about 24-48 hours to even out so I would say if you can stick it out, do it. You could also try fenugreek and some other things if you haven't tried those yet to see if your body will respond to that. If your breasts are filling, you're feeling let down, etc. then I wouldn't worry too much. Mine have been getting really soft and I'm not feeling let down as often as I used to.
Jessica, I'm very passionate about breastfeeding *my* children. To me, it's way easier to exclusively breastfeed than to supplement although I've never done just formula. But I think everyone should do what works for them!
Poor Judah. No, Bram doesn't continually paw at my breast. He just falls asleep.
I think the let down you talk about is possibly the "lumps" on the sides of the breast where milk is filling up and then the "full" feeling in the nipples when it's about time for him to eat? Maybe? That happens maybe twice a day.. otherwise my boobs are super squishy. NOTHING like a week ago when they were rock hard and painful as all get out!!
I'm just scared I won't have enough food for him once he goes to day care. Which is in just a couple weeks.. I hate that I'm going to have to go to a bottle. BLAH!
Hang in there!! I really hope your game plan works, mama!!
Let down for me is a burning/tingling sensation in my nipples. My boobs usually feel a little fuller than normal when it's time to feed baby but lately that hasn't happened. Some mamas don't feel the let down but it happens at least once every feeding and sometimes randomly during the day when you haven't nursed in awhile.
Yeah, I was engorged for a couple days and then all of a sudden my breasts felt like they did when I was pregnant. Weird...
A couple weeks until he goes to daycare? At 4 weeks old? Sad day! At that point if you feel like you can't keep up you can always try Fenugreek to boost supply.
Oh no no.. sorry.. I didn't mean couple as literally just two. He'll be going to day care at 6 weeks and not before. Thank goodness!
This is a good statement.. The Fenugreek I remember trying with DD but it wasn't very long for sure.. she didn't want to latch so I think I just tossed in the towel. I'm not giving up this time!Yeah, I was engorged for a couple days and then all of a sudden my breasts felt like they did when I was pregnant. Weird...