No matter what I do I just can't not get my supply to meet my LOs needs. After having a inconsolable baby for two days I finally broke down and gave him 2oz of formula after I nursed him and he passed right out. I have resorted to doing that after nursing him on each side twice if he still seems fussy (which seems to be most feedings) and he is so much more content. He spits up a lot too so I know that doesn't help that he spits up so much when my supply isn't so great to begin with.
Any advice on what I could be doing that would cause the spitting up? Like my positioning or something? He doesn't seem to spit up as much when he gets the formula.
Try these tips to help your baby keep his food down:
• Hold your baby in a fairly upright position when you feed him. Feeding him while he's slouched (curled up in your arms or sitting in a car seat, for example) doesn't give the formula or breast milk a straight path to his tummy.
• Keep feedings calm. Minimize noise and other distractions, and try not to let your baby get too hungry before you start feeding him. If he's distracted or frantic, he's more likely to swallow air along with his breast milk or formula.
• If your baby's taking formula or expressed breast milk from a bottle, make sure the hole in the nipple isn't too small, which will frustrate your baby and make him swallow air. On the other hand, if the hole's too large, he'll be gagging and gulping because the fluid will come at him too quickly.
• Burp your baby after each feeding. In fact, if your baby takes a natural pause during a feeding, take the opportunity to burp him before giving him more food. That way, if there's any air, it'll come up before even more food is layered on top of it. (Don't forget to put a soft cloth on your shoulder first!)
If you don't get a burp up within a few minutes, don't worry. Your baby probably doesn't need to burp just then.
• Keep the pressure off his tummy. Make sure your baby's clothing and diaper aren't too tight, and don't put his tummy over your shoulder when you burp him. Try to avoid car trips right after feedings, because reclining in a car seat can put pressure on your baby's stomach, too.
• Don't jostle your baby too much after he eats, and try to keep him in an upright position for half an hour or so. This way he'll have gravity on his side. You can carry him, put him in a pack, or prop him next to you against some pillows if he's big enough.
• Don't overfeed him. If your baby seems to spit up quite a bit after every feeding, he may be getting too much to eat. You might try to give him just a bit less formula or breastfeed him for a slightly shorter time, and see whether he's satisfied. (He may be willing to take less formula or breast milk at a feeding but want to eat more frequently.)
• If your baby tends to spit up while sleeping, elevate his head. It's unsafe for your baby to sleep with a pillow, but you can place a foam wedge under one end of his mattress or put the head of his crib safely on blocks.
I don't know if we've hit a growth spurt early (does one happen at 2 weeks) or what, but Evan has been wanting to nurse about every hour during the day and around two hours at night. I had been trying to keep him at 2 hours during the day and 3 1/2 - 4 hours at night. I'm getting super tired with the every 2 hours at night! On top of that, when he's done eating at night, then he wants to stay up for another hour looking around and/or fussing. UGH! I don't know how long I can keep this up. It's not like I can nap during the day - a two year old keeps you on your toes. Plus, I've never been good at napping. I can't get myself to relax, by the time I finally fall asleep, it's nearly time to get up. I like that the breast feeding is going well, but I'm anxious for a little sleep again.
Sarah -- there is a growth spurt around 2/3 weeks, then again at 6 weeks. If you recall from my manic FB messages about my super fussy, doesn't want to sleep, just wants to cry and be walked around or eat baby....those were happening about 2 weeks ago, which is roughly the same time frame you are in right now. I know it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel when all the babies want to do is eat, fuss and be awake, but there is. I promise! (I say this as I gear up for another spurt and will probably be saying the same thing... )
Thanks for the pep talk girls! I know I've been through this stage before, but I honestly don't remember much from it. Plus, with Owen, we were bfing and supplementing with formula, so it wasn't all on me to feed him. This time, it's all on me. Of course, Larry isn't even here most nights (works nights 4 days a week). I'm just getting worn out.
When can we expect breast fed babies to sleep through the night?
I think it depends on the baby, some babes wake up 1-2 times a night until they're starting solids.
Anyone else have a baby that takes forever to eat? Hunter is soooo slow, it takes at least an hour for him to eat most of the time, and during that I have to remind him to keep nursing by stroking his cheek, rubbing his feet, etc. Will he get better at this?? Even with nipple shields, I have a blister on one side and they are pretty sore a lot of the time.