Ok so now im concerned my supply took a huge dip! DS has been having a hard time the last 2 nights wanting for feed all night. I know hes term now and will be more awake and hes 4 weeks so he might be going through a growth spurt but I dont think hes getting enough milk.
Im going on day 5 now without pumping. Hes been only eating 1 side for about 10-15min and at night 15-30min. Well before I was pumping 3-4oz. I pumped this morning for the first time in 5 days just because I was curious how much I was still able to pump. I did it right after a feeding so I knew I wouldnt get very much off the 1 side, but the other side I only got 1oz. What gives? Why would my supply drop so much? Is there any way I can increase my supply?
I also weighed him this morning and he was 7lbs 2oz. At his 2 week check up he was 6lbs 3oz. Is that good weight gain for 2 weeks? Im so confused and worried. Remember im new at this since I didnt BF DD!
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Well, first calm down. The stress isn't good for your milk supply either.
2nd - go get some Fenugreek, it helps. Also you might want to try pumping after everyfeeding. Completely emptying the breast should help to tell it to produce more.
I understand where you're coming from . This was similar to me with my DS too.
There is a prescription med they can give you too if you need it (domperidone and metoclopramide). I did use domperidone with DS to help me out when I went back to work.
You can do this. Not all of us have the most abundant supply like some do. But it's ok, we can help to increase with patience and some help.
Also, consider going to a LC if you need it. They can be so supportive.
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Everything is fine and normal Michelle, you have just hit your first growth spurt. He is not feeding more because he is not getting enough, but in order to up your supply for what he will need as he gets bigger. Also you will not pump much now since all you have is going to him. It really is normal and will pass. How often a baby is eating and pumping are not good way determining how much a baby is getting. as long as their enough wet and dirty diapers and weight gain you are fine. That gain sounds good.
As to feeding on one side only, DS always only took one side and he was fine. In fact starting around six or seven months we went to just one breast every feed and he was fine and nursed until he was 3. Your body will compensate.
As to oversupply hand exspressing a bit before a feed and feeding more upright. It will eventually even out.
Nearly a pound in 2 weeks is perfect weight gain! It does sound like a growth spurt to me. Give it a couple more days and he should be better satisfied.
You no longer pump as much becasue you no longer demand your body to produce that much- it has adjusted to what your baby eats, which is great.
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Michelle, I can only agree with everything that has been said already, Aaron seems to be having an early growth spurt, did not leave me all day!! I noticed he has filled out his clothes the last few days so I guess he is growing/putting weight on. That weight gain is fine btw!
OK question from me: with letdown, is it supposed to be sore when it happens?? It's only just kicked in the last few days (feeling it happen that is) and I get an ache on both sides as he feeds (so one gives him milk the other leaks) but I don't remember it being painful? The pain doesn't last long (as it's the initial let down) but I worry I could be getting thrush or something. I have no more lumps thank goodness but this sort of pain brings me back to when I got thrush while BF Aleisha. I change the pads enough and I haven't been using Lansinoh at every feed now, I air them out and keep them clean so I don't get a repeat of that horrible time with Aleisha...so is it normal to feel pain at letdown?
Anything else I can do to encourag emy milk to come in faster? Caleb nursed right away after birth for an hour and did so every 2-3 hours all day yesterday, but by night he was really frustrated and unsatisfied with the colostrum. After hours of him screaming and refusing the breast and really getting worked up, I sent DH to the store for formula--which shows how deperate I was because Adam never tasted a drop. I really think he is desperately hungry. I have the unopened package of formula now and want to return it. If we get deperate though I think I will give him small amounts with a dropper. Just until the milk comes in. This was never an issue with Adam as he just loved the colostrum.
I'm pumping, I had 1 tea bag of MMtea and just had that. I'm eating lots, drinking like crazy, offering the breast ALL THE TIME but he is probably only actually taking it every 3 hours even though I'm offering it at least every 2.
With Adam I think my milk came in the night we came home from hospital--so about 72 hours pp. I'm onlyat about 36 right now and super discouraged.
I've tried searching kellymom but I can't find anything and time is at a premioum right now.
Mara, I know you just went through this, what worked for you?
((HUGS)) Susan. I know a lot will disagree with me but I don't think supplementing is the end of the world.
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I remember being there with my son. He cried for days and was so hungry. In the end he lost so much weight and his jaudice was so bad he was hospitalized for 3 days. I swore then that if we were to have another child I would supplement vs. let my child starve. Of course I didn't have much choice in supplementing Daisy due to her being in the NICU but we are not having any issues at all going back and forth between bottle and breast...
ETA: I also want to say that it is still so early - I bet you will be able to hold out a bit longer if you choose, wishing you the best!
Last edited by julieanddanny; 05-07-2010 at 10:55 AM.
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I'm starting to see Daisy take less of her formula! This is really exciting! Given my previous experience I didn't think we would be successful. Then having her early and in the NICU was another struggle.
I actually nursed her this morning (7:30) without a supplement and she's still sleeping! (It's almost 10am). Most feedings she is still taking formula but less than 2 oz.
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