Drinking heaps of water definitely does help, hope things can get back to normal for you soon Konica...I have a water filter/chiller that is on my benchtop, it holds 5L and I go through that (and maybe more, because I have to refill it) a day.
Oh and I really thought I damaged my nipple the other day! I was expressing on the right side after a feed for maybe 8 minutes and in that time had 3 letdowns (!!!) and got 3oz...I was then shocked after I expressed to see my nipple had been pulled out so much it looked 5 times it's size! I didn't even have the suction on very high either (as I can't tolerate it). It went back to normal within the hour but OMG I thought I pulled half my breast tissue out iykwim! I scared myself! It has felt OK though but have been wary of expressing again now...
Okay . . . . I'm stressing out.
My milk came in Friday morning. Baby has been eating every 2 -3 hours. I use a Nipple Guard because he's had latching difficulties (from the time we were at the hospital). The Nipple Guard is amazing. I just purchased a baby scale so that I can better assess how much he's eating (but I'm not thinking it's accurate...which is frustrating!!).
I have pumped after a few feedings just to build up a little extra supply. Gabe hasn't had a BM since Friday morning. He is urinating A LOT, but the lack of BM has me worried.
So I'm looking for some advice.
1) How many ounces should Gabe be eating at each feeding?
2) Gabe has a "lazy latch" and will fall asleep while I nurse if he doesn't have his clothes off. I keep him stimulated while nursing so that he is continuously sucking and swallowing. (unless I doze off then .... oops ;)). Any other suggestions?
I'm thinking I should call his doctor tomorrow....but is it too soon? I'm sure they'll be supportive but I'm scared they'll want me to supplement. Speaking of, won't offering Gabe a bottle (even of breast milk) interfere with his nursing on the breast? That would be my first/last resort choice, but I don't want to do that either. UGH!!! No matter how many classes or books I've read, I still feel like my head is spinning.
Hmm.. Ben will be three weeks tomorrow.. He takes 3 oz about 7-8 times a day, but that's a lot.. the ped says its fine, the lc says it should be more like 2 - 2 1/2.. Being your milk just came in, you've got a really little guy, so I'm gonna guess more like 1 - 1 1/2 oz.
As far as keeping him awake.. play with his feet.. theres a spot on their sternum you can use to stimulate them.. use a damp cool wash cloth.. change breasts frequently.
As far as bottle feeding goes, yes it can mess with your bf. I'd suggest trying something like cup feeding. It took us a bit to learn how to do it, but they don't get anything to suck on so he's unlikely to get confused. A good lc should be able to help you.. I'd suggest either talking to your hospitals women's center or trying to contact an LLL leader in your area.
i'm pumping/bottle feeding because Ben's latch was horrible and he just didn't bf well.. I haven't tried putting him back to the boob, but I think I may see what happens if I try tomorrow.. if I have time.
Called Pediatrician today. She wasn't too concerned with lack of BMs. She said some babies can go 7-10 days until they get one. (this was after asking a lot of questions regarding my diet and his body/belly)
Soooo....I made an appointment to see a Lactation Specialist today. Gabe lost a considerable amount of weight before my milk came in. He has to be back at his birth weight in a week. So I don't want to wait until the last minute to get help if I need it. He seems to be eating well to me - but I am ALWAYS nervous if it's enough, or if he's malnourished (which drives my DH crazy when I say that). I'm a first time mom - this is all so new to me! I need as much help as I can get!!
So I'm hoping I'll get some good information today and Gabe will be on his way to be a chunky little monkey! :)
ps His pediatrician did tell me to increase the fiber in my diet. DUH - why didn't I think of that?! I was even having trouble with BMs until yesterday. ha ha
I hope the lc gives you good info. I thought Ben was eating well, turns out he wasn't. Better to catch it early.
I hope all goes well. And baby poop patterns are weird. I know mine goes with every diaper change!
LC was a God Send!!!! Gabe has a poor latch (which I knew) but she showed me a great technique to keep him swallowing and engaged during a feeding. He had 2oz at the consultation!! YAHOOOOOO!!!!
So we're going to work together to put some lbs on this boy and get the poo poo moving. I'm on a strict 2 1/2 hour feeding schedule. Speaking of I have 30 minutes of freedom left so I better go blow dry my hair. :)
My consultation fee includes an unlimited amount of future consultations. Boy did they tell that to the wrong momma! ha ha ha I'm SO glad I went. Its better to be safe than sorry. Poor Gabe is struggling to eat as much as I'm feeding him. He is soo stuffed by the end of a feeding! :) His tummy will adjust!
Bit of background. I struggled to breast feed my daughter. It was the hardest thing I've ever been through. She was never exclusively breast fed and it was very hard on me. Ultimately, she is a very healthy happy 2 year old. Things have worked out really well for my son so far! Marcus is feeding like a champ, he has gained 90g in 2 days! It is the complete opposite of what happened with my daughter. I am thrilled.
I do have a question for you been there done that Mums though!
Marcus tends to only have 1 breast worth of milk before he is satisfied. He sleeps and is happy and is gaining weight and having wet nappies so I'm not worried about the volume of milk that he is getting. What concerns me is the breast that he isn't drinking from doesn't get touched until the next feed. At the moment that could be anywhere from 1-6 hours. (I'm feeding on demand, that's not 6 hours between feeds, that's 6 hours between 2 feeds). Will this harm my supply? Should I pump the other breast after he has finished the 1st? What if he wakes for his next feed an hour later? Will he still get milk? I honestly know nothing about this stuff!
He is only a week old, I know that he is still working out his routine and it's all very flexible at the moment. I just don't want to have had such a great start to waste it on an issue like supply.
any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated!
I personally am always worried about supply ( I had major supply issues with Sara) so when Matt was that little, I would pump on the side he was not eating on. I figured I would rather have too much milk than anything else. Now that he is bigger, he is usually eating from both sides, and I am still trying to pump at least once a day.
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