Oh, yes, water totally helps me! And maybe it is a mental thing, but with DS sometimes when I was ravenously hungry my body just would not let down even when nursing directly until I had something to eat. I can remember specific instances. I don't know if it's a protection thing or if it just wanted the nutrients first. But hey it's something to do while sitting there.
yakes, another problem...similar to before but reversed!
I have pumped at 10pm the last 2 nights 10 mins each side and all up have expressed 5oz...that's when his last feed before bed was 3 hours prior and because he's sleeping til at least 4/5am if I didn't do that puming session I know my milk supply will dwindle. The thing is he has a full feed at that time(early am) then goes back down for a couple of hours...but when he wakes again he wants a feed (it would be 3 hrs since the last one) I give him both sides, my breasts feel full, he'll drain both within 10 mins and has cried for more...he's frustrated he can't get anymore (ike it would flow eventually but he has no patience!) so I give him 3oz from a bottle...and he guzzles that too!! Is 9 weeks another growth spurt or what? For the rest of the day he will feed every 2 hours but it's just that '2nd' morning session and then of course he's had 9 & 10 hr stretch at night (before it was 7/. Should I give him that extra top up, is it hurting my supply (not sure as he has 'both barrels' beforehand anyway?)
Jo - Don't feel too bad about not getting much from pumping after a feed. I too don't get a whole lot out after Mason has nursed. I still do it though because it's supposed to help my supply and I have a history of low supply. 10 oz at any time of day for me would be impossible - I'm a bit envious!!
I still feel like it's low though. It actually really sucks because I'm nursing AND pumping (at least 3 times a day puming) and still I'm not getting more milk.
I do like giving Mason a bottle before his 4 hour stretch at the beginning of the night but he always likes to finish with the boob after his 4 or so oz from the bottle. I partially do the bottle now b/c my nips are still painful and need a bit of a rest and I want him to readily accept a bottle so I don't struggle with that in 2 months when I return to work.
GL with the pumping. I'm drinking 2 cups of mother's milk tea and taking fenugreek. Yes, my body is that pathetic at making milk. I'm also going to ask my doc when I go to my 6 week check up about prescribing domperidone which I did with DS#1 as my supply was low with him too.
Christina + Rory = a grand total of:
Amelia, Anthony, Andon, Noah, Mason, & Trinity-woof
Michelle, I normally wouldn't suggest this, but have you considered waking him and feeding him in the middle of the night? Or maybe a dream feed so you don't have to fully wake him? If he's that ravenous in the morning maybe his little tummy isn't ready that long of a stretch at night. Sorry, that does sound frustrating!
Christina I'm so sorry you are still in pain. I wish bf came easily to everyone--you ladies nursing through so much pain are heroes! I hope the doc can help boost your supply too.
Ditto. I applaud you girls that are having problems but are still going strong. I gave up pretty quick with my dd and went to pumping full time. I was determined NOT to do that this time. Does anyone else have Hyperlactation? (I think that's what its called) Its awful, poor Miles cries a lot when he eats
Mommy to Parker born Sept 25th, 2007
and Miles born May 12th, 2010
Jo- Have you tried hand expressing? I just returned my unopened pump to BRU today, because once, when I needed to, I was able to express plenty of milk just by hand. I have heard of people having more luck by hand than by pump. Maybe the case for you?
By the way, Beni had that same frog outfit- I loved it, but alas we have outgrown it.
Mara & Joel, 2009
i dont know if this has already been discussed... im a little too lazy to go through 22 pages of this thread. I was wondering about foods i eat affecting the baby.
he has been so fussy the last few days which is unusual for him. Ive also noticed he is so gassy and his belly grumbles and makes really loud noises. he's been burping alot too. all these things are new within the last 4 days or so. im not sure if its making him uncomfortable, but he's certainly pretty irritable lately and id just like to try to rule out food issues.
i basically eat the same things everyday... so i have no idea how to pinpoint if its anything im eating. what are some common things that could upset his tummy if i eat them? the only thing i know of is brocoli, and i havent been eating that. thanks guys!!
Baby #3 due July 6 2013
My husband didn't wake me up AGAIN so I was more than an hour late for a pumping... and I pumped 6 1/3 oz!! That's 2 of Kayley's bottles.
broccoli, onions, cabbage, beans, bell peppers, spicy foods- they are all gassy foods
Sometimes babies can react to wheat, gluten, dairy or soy too.
There are elimination diets you can go on and essentially you eat very basic foods, avoiding all possible culprits, for 2 weeks then add foods back 1 every 3 days and watch for reactions.
I know of a mom who ate little more than turkey, salmon and applesauce and got down to 90 pounds because her son was so so so sensitive. Can you imagine?