Sounds like you are doing everything right! :) Yay for earlier milk!! Pumping an oz already is impressive! It only takes about 2.5 oz per side each feeding to be "enough" to EBF even an older baby. Sounds like you are well on your way!
If she doesn't get back to birth weight by 2 weeks you might want to get the tongue-tie looked at.
I'm starting to hate pumping - seems so pointless to spend 45 minutes attached to this thing and getting less than an ounce. Argh!
She's been latching on a bit but keeps falling alseep - an I just don't know if she's getting anything - she'll down a 2 ounce bottle afterwards...
Not sure what to do from here...
have you tried Weighing her right before you feed and right after?? I have heard thats a good way to tell if she is getting anything. Also One trick I learned is if she keeps falling asleep Strip her down to her diaper if possible...
I have not tried any of these tricks its just something I have picked up from my LC this time around as tricks to try when baby brother gets here.
Yep, Mara, as pp suggested I would wake Beni every 3 hours, to feed, at least during the day. Feed her more often if she wants of course. You don't want her to be too weak to suckle and be even more sleepy. Plus, during the day is a great time to feed her anyway. Eventually you want her to feed more in the day than in the night, so might as well help her body clock make the distinctions now.
Originally Posted by Marite13
And yes, it's a brand-new-newborn thing. She will wake up! Probably by week 2 she will be demanding a little bit more, to say the least.
Julie- can you make a few visits to a LC? Mine offer a feeding and weighing room where you can weigh the baby before and after to see how much they are taking in. Thay also rent the same sensitive scales and hospital grade pumps. It would do you some good to talk to one of them too.
Try to do something you like while pumping. Are your hands free? I'm not so sure pumping for 45 minutes is a good thing (unless you only have a single-side pump?)... pumping 15 minutes, taking a break and pumping another 15 minutes might be better.
I breastfed my last child until 10.5 months and I never had any extra. At my best, all I ever pumped was 1-1.5 oz and that was when I was skipping a feeding. What I was able to pump was obviously not what he was able to get directly... it's so hard to tell though! Is she wetting diapers?
Don't worry, what you are able to pump is not a good indication of what baby is getting. Weighing her would be a huge help, if you have a scale available. There is a breastfeeding support center in my area and they let moms walk in and weigh their babies before and after feedings during the week. Do you have anything like that nearby? Or do you have a BFing friendly ped that would let you use their scale for a feed?
Originally Posted by julieanddanny
If you think she is having problems getting the milk out, you could try breast compressions. Are you able to hand express at all? If you have an electric pump you could try pumping on one side while feeding on the other (tricky, I know). When you have a good letdown it can really help with the pumping. Make sure you are drinking lots of water, too. I found that if I were hungry or thirsty, sometimes my body just would not let down like usual.
I'm getting in late to this discussion but thought I would join in and see how everyone is doing. Joel is BFing much better than DD did at this age. I had to supplement DD for the first week or two but Joel has been doing great with no supplement and I think my milk just came in. I also found that striping him down to the diaper works better. He also can't stand to have my clothes anywhere near his mouth while he is breast feeding.
Lace, I'm so glad everything is going so well! Hooray for milk coming in!
Yes, single pump - it takes forever!
We've gotten into a good routine which has less pumping in it. I am continuing to supplement with formula and if that can decrease great, if not, i'm ok with it.
I nurse her at each feeding then she takes 1.5-2 ounces of formula or mix of formula and bm and then I pump after 3 of those sessions.
Now, dh goes back to work tomorrow and I'm going be running Drew back and forth to preschool and have 2 doc appt this week and 2 school events - pray for me!
Aaron is nearly 2 weeks old and he still only takes one side. It's not that he falls asleep at the breast, gets relaxed but not asleep, and I'd say 98% of the time he takes himself off. I burp him (he's good at that thank goodness) and I offer the other side but he fights or purses his lips and turns away. He feeds about 15 minutes on that one side and it's about every 2-3 hours he has a feed. I think he's getting enough from one side but I would think he'd want both? He has plenty of poopy/wee nappies, just doubting myself? I also pumped after a couple of morning feeds and got 2oz from the side he fed from (and pumped from the engorged side, can't wait any longer) and pump a couple from that side too (would be more but don't want to empty, just pumping for comfort). I'm just worried that the day he does want both, my breasts wont comply because he's only been feeding from one side...so should I pump that full breast he doesn't have to near empty instead of for my comfort?