Today Ethan ate 4 oz. mixed with 3/4 tsp. formula as recommended by the pedi at 7:00 am, 12:30 pm, 6:00 pm , and 10:00 pm. He nursed at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. He was hungry at 9:15 pm but I had to pump so I could mix with the formula and he cried while I did that and fell asleep, which broke my heart listening to. I only pumped 1 oz. All that was not worth 1 oz.! I was so frustrated and ended up crying myself. He has also had blow out diapers for the last couple of days. I thawed some milk out from the freezer to feed him at 10:00 pm since the 1 oz. wasn't going to cut it. He ate about 3/4 of it and then pooped. I changed him and went back to feeding him afterwards. He really slowed down eating at this point. He finished the bottle and then wet so I changed him again. When I went to throw the diaper away I was holding him and he projectile vomited alot all over the floor. He has very rarely even spit up before. Could this be because he is not used to the formula? He did have the rotavirus vaccine yesterday so I don't know if that has anything to do with the blow outs. I just wish I could figure this all out!
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Some other recommendations to help you keep breastfeeding. I always feed on just one breast. This way I know she's getting the fatty hindmilk that helps them gain the weight. Are you eating all your calories everyday? It's possible that your BM doesn't have enough fat in it if you're not eating enough. I'm sure the other girls will have some great advice too. KUP and hope things work out for you guys. You should post on the Breastfeeding support board too. They are a very knowledgeable bunch of ladies GL
Well, I'm a pumper, not a BFer actually, but here is my 2 cents....
You CAN pump only and keep your supply if you are very disciplined about doing it. It's hard, but possible. As for 8-10 stimulations, I know that's about what a lot of people recommend. For pumping moms, our local NICU says every 2-3 hrs with no more than 6 hrs at night. However, I know for me, I didn't need to keep that up for more than a few weeks. I only pump about 5x per day, sometimes 6. BUT, I seem to be an oddball in that I am a great pumper and poor BFer....and have lots of milk.
As for pumping 1 oz only....it looks like you did that later at night, which seems like lowest production time for everyone I've talked to. I know for me it is. I get the most in the AM, then it plateaus in the afternoon but my late evening session is minimal unless I pump for a good 30 minutes or so. I'm glad to read you are pumping the off side in the morning. I like your proposed schedule, but if you can fit in a little more, that would be even better. Even 10mins is better than none. I've had to do that many times when life has gotten crazy.
Just a crazy thought here, but could you put formula into one of those supplemental feeding systems with the little tube and have him get his formula that way while he's BFing? That way you get the BF stimulation and the joy of BFing, and he still gets some formula? It would be a bit of a pain, but probably no moreso than pumping can be.
As for the projectile vomit, it could be related to formula, but if it's only happened one time, I wouldn't jump to any conclusions quite yet. It may just be that he had a really full tummy (yes, with something he's not quite used to in it too) and went from laying flat for the diaper change to upright...this causes my DD to hurl or spit up a bit almost every time when she has a full belly. For now, I'd keep an eye on it. If it continues, then I'd start figuring out what's up. It could be nothing, or sure, it could be the formula and you may need to change to a different one. But with just the 1 incident, you can't really know.
Anyway, I hope that helps!
Just my 2 cents about the "projectile vomiting"... You said he cried for a while when you were pumping. It could have been that. Xander has done that a couple times after a good crying session. Also, he has started having "blow out" diapers too. Maybe it is the age? He does it after a day or two without a poopy, but i heard that is normal for bf babies.
Good luck to you and your LO!
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