This is soo us right now. Very hard to do with a toddler and a newborn stuck to my bb's for three straight hours. Her fussing/cluster feeding time seems to be between 7-10 pm which of course is right in the time frame when I am trying to get Noah to sleep. Jared works even shifts M-T so it's just me here.
I hear all you ladies who are talking about growth spurts. We were there too (and quickly gearing up for another one I am afraid) He used to eat every 3 hours. Now it is every 1 to 1.5 hours. I remember this feeling of "trappedness" (I know...not a word) from DD. It is coming back now. All I do is feed the little guy. But I know that will end. In a few months, it will be back to the every 3 hours or so (even longer) and that feeling will end. But for now...AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
There is one around 3 weeks, then one again at 6 weeks. Nico is 4 weeks now...so we are getting read for another one soon!
I do, yes. I seem to get one about every 5 minutes after that initial 10 minutes of massive production.I have a pumping question. I find that I get the vast majority of the output in the first 3 to 5 minutes. Normally, I try to make myself go to ten minutes, even though the second half I normally don't get even a drop. I know that it's normally recommended to go longer to stimulate more production. I'm just wondering, if I stretch out my pumping sessions to 15 or 20 minutes, might I get a second letdown? Just curious.
I think the nipple shield possibly impacting supply is one of the reasons my LC has me pumping. I'm on week 4 with one right now. I have to have almost a full pumping session before my nipple stays out enough for Aly to do anything with....so then when she does latch that way, she gets squat for milk. I'm not sure what to do with that at the moment. I'm good at pumping though...not always schedule-wise right now since I'm BFing too, but I know if that's the way I decide to go, I can do it. I've got 125.75 oz in my deep freeze already and more in my small freezer, waiting to go into the deep freeze. I freeze initially in small bags in the small freezer (freezer side of the fridge), then put them into a big gallon ziploc before putting in the deep freeze. Double bagging helps prevent damage to the small storage bags.
I need to work more to get her off of the nipple shield.
Oh, and good reminder about the water. I've been bad about that lately....
i don't know if i can do this. my supply is going down. the same thing happened with brayden only further out than this. i just don't know how i can practically make this all work with a high energy, high maintenance toddler and a newborn who has taken to some pretty intense crying lately. i so wanted to do better this time around and at this rate, i'm going to do even worse. ugh. i'm having a total pity party today.
Don't give up yet! Have you tried oatmeal and fenugreek to boost supply? I think with fenugreek you have to take quite a bit, but it supposedly gives a really good boost. Is there any way you could get someone to help with Brayden a few days in a row, so you could really focus on feeding, then pump after every feed to try to boost supply?
thanks jessica. yep, i'm eating oatmeal and taking a supplement that has fenugreek in it. it's a pill that is 4x's per day. i'm drinking all i can and avoiding caffeine. i feed and pump because he often doesn't want to latch more than just the first time. i've been taking the supplement and doing the feed then pump for 3 weeks while dh was home with us. this was my first day home alone and it was a disaster. i'll see how tomorrow goes and hope that somehow i can get through feeding/pumping without one or both kids crying hysterically.