Boosting BM supply? (for BTDT Moms)
Please remind me of some ways to boost my breast milk supply. I know fenugreek but cant really remember much else except drinking more water.
Kai had another Pedi appt today to weigh him and he only gained .5 oz in one week! The previous week he only gained 2 oz. He was 9.2 at birth but is only 8.13 now(he'll be 3 weeks tomorrow). So the doc said it is my milk quality or how much he is getting. He is eating about every 2-3 hours(every 3-4 at night). When I pump I get about 2 oz total from both breasts but who knows how much he is getting when he actually feeds??? So of course he suggested supplementing him. I never had to do that with the other boys so I am really frustrated and worried about Kai. Kai is still really sleepy all the time, especially when he is at the breast and I have to really stimulate him to keep sucking. Doc thinks he just doesnt have the energy to stay awake, which makes sense to me. My instincts have told me that he is sleeping too much but I kept telling myself that I just forgot how much babies sleep.
So, my other question is...did any of you supplement and breastfeed? If so, how did it go for you and how long did you continue breastfeeding? The Doc said that when you go the road of supplementing that you usually end up not being able to go back to full time breastfeeding and that usually much earlier than a year(like3-6 months) most women would be done with breastfeeding(just because your supply cant keep up and eventually dries up).
I want to do what is best for Kai but I really dont want to mess with bottles. If it was just short term I wouldnt mind but I dont want to end up totally on bottles of formula. No offense to anyone who didnt breastfeed but, to me bottles are just a total PITA that I just cant afford(financially or time/work load).