Tammy, I'm sorry you're having to supplement! Pumping the off side in the morningsounds like a good plan, then I would suggest pumping after you feed, that way the pumped milk is all hindmilk. If the formula makes him vomit again though, I would definitely discontinue it, you wouldn't want to make him lose all that food he just ate!
Oh yeah, we also have blowouts. Going up a size has helped a bit, but not a lot. I think it's the age...we had them at this stage with DS too.
Another thought with the vomit....if he's not that used to bottle feeding, I've heard that sometimes babies tend to overeat when first using a bottle if they are used to the breast. So that could be a thought also....
I got her to latch last night without the shield twice!!! I had to trick her with it. Put it on for a min then pull it off and put her right back on. Sad part is this morning she would not do it but I think that is because she had slept 7 hours and was really hungry and not in the mood to try.
I plan on trying to start with it and pull it off all day today...we shall see.
Thanks for the input ladies! I called the pedi yesterday to get more information about our feeding situation and he called me back today. I asked him why I need to mix the formula in the BM rather then feeding formula in addition to nursing. He said that he feels that it is not a volume issue since I told him that I pump 4 oz. on one side at the first feeding of the day and then alternate breasts at each feeding for the rest of the day. It was more an issue with lack of calories. I told him that it has been a lot of work to pump and feed because the LC told me to get 8-10 breast stimulations a day so I have been pumping every 2-3 hours and feeding a bottle in between. He said that it would be okay with him if I nurse as usual and then feed 2 bottles with the formula mixed in a day. I should also offer the other side at feedings to see if he will take both. I asked if I need to wake him from sleep. Last night he slept 10 hrs. but he usually sleeps at least 7. He said that I should wake him after 4-5 hrs. to get another feeding in. I guess I can see his point. I hope that this new plan helps him gain the weight. I feel like the pressure has been lifted off of me.
Tammy & Tom 6/19/2004
TTC beginning 3/2005
Angel Baby 11/13/2008
Ethan Bradley 10/7/2009
Julia, that is awesome that you're starting to wean off the shield! Before you know it that will be a distant memory!
Tammy, that must be a huge relief to only have to feed 2 bottles a day! I agree that waking once a night is a good idea at this point since he sleeps so long.
I think I found the source of my supply issues. Remember that when I pumped with DD1 and DD2 I had no problems at all and when I first had Caitlyn no problems at all 8-10 oz all of the time. Well my milk supply has really diminished. 2 oz at a time at the most. I had been thinking it was the birth control pills, but I went off them and the problem did not get better. Well tonight I left my electric pump in the car by accident so I decided to use my manual instead of getting out in the cold to go get it. At 12:30 in the morning, instead of my usual 1 oz or less for late at night I got 2 1/2 oz! And then I realized, my buying the new pump was around the start of getting less milk.