Feeding Issues

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Feeding Issues

Up until a few days ago, Judah was feeding fine and things seemed to be going well. When DH went back to work on Wednesday I had a good day. I took Judah to the midwife on Thursday and she said that other than some slight jaundice, he looked fine. I was starting to get a bit worried though because I fed him while I was there, weighed him before and after and he had only taken in an ounce. I had fed him before I left home though so that may have been why. Also, he was the same weight he was at the doctor on Monday...
So yesterday night we were at church and he seemed so unsatisfied. I fed him before we left, then I had to feed him about an hour after we'd been there, then he needed to eat a third time later. And we had a rough night overnight as well. DH ended up bringing him out to the living room and sleeping with him on his chest so I could get some much-needed sleep.
Today was more of the same - fed him before church and then during church then a bunch when I got home; he took a really good nap but then in the evening was totally unsatisfied - would wail right after he got off the breast. I tried to feed him for about an hour but I was pretty much losing my mind with him crying and my other kids needing things, having been on the couch all day and not done much of anything, etc. So I ended up giving him 2 oz of formula. And after that he was calm and eventually after some rocking he's finally asleep. So I know that's what he needed; I just don't understand why my body doesn't make enough milk
My milk came in, I was engorged for a couple days and then all of a sudden my breasts were soft and they don't ever feel full; even my let down is going away. I don't think I'll totally dry up; but it's just weird to me that my body just doesn't make enough milk on its own to feed a baby. I do all the right things and three times in a row, this happens.
I was feeling pretty down about it today and really didn't want to do formula but I had no choice. I started taking Fenugreek today so we'll see if that makes a difference (not holding my breath because it didn't work w/ my son).
I weighed him on our digital scale (weighed me, then me with him - I'm 5lbs from prepreg weight, woot!) and he was about 7lbs 2oz - over a pound less than birth, 9 oz less than on Monday. Sad So I'm going to get him weighed at the doctor on Wednesday and probably order some Domperidone from the doc that day, get it compounded and start taking it this week.
I do feel like I gave it a go w/o drugs; I tried encapsulating my placenta which is supposed to work but it didn't seem to make much difference for me. It's just the same thing happening over again, third time around. I think if there are any more babies, I'm just going to go ahead and start taking the drugs when they're born!

Sorry for the novel, just need to get it off my chest. DH has been SO supportive during this time; he doesn't have the answers but just being here for me is so important.

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Hugs!

We are having feeding issues here as well, not quite the same, but frustrating!!

I hope the meds help your supply quickly.

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Aww sorry about the feeding issues. Never been thru that, but I hear its hard, frustrating and emotional. I hope your supply gets a boost soon. I hope the meds work for you. Might actually help your supply. Did you do placenta encapsulation with this baby? I looked into long and hard, but for cost reasons decided against it. I do hear it helps, but if its not working, you've got to try something else.

Hope you have a better week! Hugs!

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I'm so sorry, I can imagine how upsetting it must be. Hopefully the meds work, but even if they don't, you've managed to raise two healthy children already under these circumstances and you have nothing to feel bad about. Even if you fully dried up today, you gave your baby a few weeks of breast milk, which is a great gift. Hugs mama!

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I hope your supply does increase and if not, you did all you could have and baby got some of your milk and that is awesome!

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Elizabeth I did encapsulate hoping it would help and it doesn't seem like it has much w/ the milk supply BUT I think it's helped immensely with energy - I rarely feel tired; DH is absolutely miserable. The girl only charged $150 so it was justifiable although I don't know if it would be worth it again if it doesn't help my milk. I don't generally have a huge problem with PPD which is a huge reason a lot of people do it.

The meds worked with Noel so I'm confident they will work this time as well. I was able to breastfeed her exclusively from 6 weeks to 16 months! So I think it will be entirely worth it. Plus, I'm blessed to have a doctor who will prescribe it and a nearby pharmacy who will compound it, and insurance that will pay 80% I believe! So it's really quite cost effective - cheaper than taking herbs even.

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have you tried adding oatmeal to your diet? I have heard that this really helps with supply issues too..

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I've also heard that oatmeal helps. The regular kind, not the instant. But my friend tried everything from oatmeal to mothers milk tea, to fenugreek and still had supply issues. She breastfed until 9 months but had to supplement.

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"eliann" wrote:

I've also heard that oatmeal helps. The regular kind, not the instant. But my friend tried everything from oatmeal to mothers milk tea, to fenugreek and still had supply issues. She breastfed until 9 months but had to supplement.

Sounds like me! I tried steel cut oats with my first and couldnt stomach them. I've been drinking the tea and taking fenugreek... I tried all the herbal and other tricks with my first and nothing worked so yeah I bfed for 10 months but had to supplement the entire time.

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I could have written this post word for word - except the medicine part. Please let me know if this helps any! DS is nursing on average every 30-60 minutes right now. I haven't pumped in 2 days because I'm scared I'm taking milk from him. I mean, why else would he be eating so often if I'm not giving him enough?? (Our LOs share the same birthday so it's interesting things are happening at the same time.. )

I did read grown spurts occur between 10 and 14 days so we're right there in the middle of that time frame. Maybe they are just wanting more due to a spurt?

Watching this thread closely...

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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.

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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!

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Poor Judah. Sad 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. Sad BLAH!

Hang in there!! I really hope your game plan works, mama!!

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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 Sad day! At that point if you feel like you can't keep up you can always try Fenugreek to boost supply.

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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!

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...

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!

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