Update: It looked like it was going to be another rough night for me since every time I would lay Sophia down, she would start screaming and want to nurse so I would nurse her and then she would start screaming again. I had some breastmilk that I pumped yesterday in the fridge so I decided to warm it up and give it to her at about 11:30 PM. She went right to sleep and woke up again at 2:30 AM. I nursed her and put her back down and I actually had to wake her up this morning at 6:30 AM so I got 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep and I feel wonderful now. I'm so glad I ended up not supplementing because then I probably would have thought that the formula is probably what made her sleep better. I think that one bottle of breastmilk before bedtime really helped. I realized that when she nurses, she gets so relaxed and falls asleep so she probably never has a full belly when I lay her down and that's probably why she's been so unhappy.
I really wanted to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months, but Sophia is not sleeping at all at night. She wants to nurse every hour and screams every time I put her back down to sleep. She's perfectly fine during the day, nurses every 2 1/2 - 3 hours and sleeps well. I'm at a loss and so sleep deprived! DH wants me to start supplementing at night. I really don't want to, but if it will help us get some sleep than I'm actually considering it now. What do you think? You think it would help? Wouldn't I still have to pump in the middle of the night to keep up my milk supply?
Last edited by jac81; 09-30-2011 at 10:29 AM.
Yes, do it! Whatever gets them to sleep the first few weeks I say go for it! It wont hurt her a bit. Yes, you might be better off pumping a little at night or you might be engorged in the morning. But it will fill her little belly up and let her sleep more comfortably. You wont have to do it for long.
Kai Robert 10/14/11
You would still have to get up and pump but if you have a good milk supply, you could increase the times inbetween. Your boobs will fill full, but your body would also adjust after a few nights of less pumping/feeding as if she was going longer in between feedings. This is only my opinion from what I remember 4 years ago, so I'm sure there will be better advice out there. I also didn't see a big deal with nipple confusion and preference between formula and breast milk. I needed her to be able to do both since I was returning to work at 6 weeks and I think when I supplimented I usually mixed breast milk and formula....again, can't totally remember since it's been 4 years.
Thankfully we won't have a problem with nipple confusion because I've had to give her a couple of bottles of expressed milk already and she has no problem switching from bottle to breast. I think I'm going to do it. I am desperate for some sleep at this point. Poor DH has been sick and he was so drugged up last night that while she was crying, he woke up and asked if I wanted him to hold up the flag. LOL! Gotta love sleep talking to keep me from going insane.
I really think she may have her nights and days mixed up still if she's fine during the day. Also a lot of babies cluster feed at night.
If you are really desperate, I won't fault you for it, but it is a slippery slope that can cause decrease in milk production. I wouldn't go longer than 4 or 5 hours (once) this early without pumping or nursing her. Your milk supply is trying to figure out what to do and you don't want to send it the wrong messages. (Ie, "I don't need to produce as much milk)
A lot of babies also nurse more in order to up your supply before they go through a growth spurt. Between 2-3 weeks is a common time (so is 10 days, so I know it feels never ending at that stage.)
If I felt like I NEEDED to supplement, I might do it for the first feeding of the night, then nurse her the rest of the time.
I hope you get some sleep!
I don't know. I did it with Melodie and then had a hard time with my supply. On the other hand, I am glad I did it because I was a walking zombie and needed some sleep. It's a hard choice, not sure what the right answer is.
Mélodie: Sept. 27, 2008
Maya: October 26, 2011
Maybe you could switch back and forth and supplement one night and BF the next night?
I think I pretty much agree with Annmarie but then I didn't BF DD, so who am I to know much lol
According to my journal with DD, right about now is when I had my mental lapse/breakdown for a few days. Everything just caught up with me but then I buckled down again after a day or so. I never supplemented. But what saved my sanity was figuring out how to BF while laying down. I just kept her in bed with me & let her latch. We didn't co sleep just did it out of necessity. My DD also had a need to suck. I would hold her pacifier in her mouth as she lay in the bassinet beside the bed to stretch out feedings. Not in a ruin my supply way but a survival mode way. Can you tell if she's eating or needing to suck?
Do what you need to. But I know how committed you are to BFing. Way your options carefully. Remember the first month of BF is the hardest. Always remember you are doing great!
If you feel like you're going to lose it if you don't supplement then do it, but once you start to supplement your body will adjust and make only what she takes. Since it's still so early she's increasing her intake all the time and you could easily get behind. It sounds to me like she's going through a growth spurt. It will be over soon. When I was having issues nursing I would make myself wait it out one week before supplementing or changing anything. I figured I could do anything for just a week and once that week was over the issue had always resolved itself. I never supplemented with DD and only started with DS after I got pg again. I really hope you can figure something out, I know how badly you want to EBF. Keep in mind we're here for you! I'm sure we've all been there at one point or another!