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im bummed,,, i was doing really well wih bfing the first 2 weeks when my son was born then i hit a bad two weeks and i continued to breastfeed but had to supplament as well ... recently i took 3 days to get back on track and breastfeed all dayyyyyyy and it seemed to help some not alot but some.... i stopped supplamenting because he seemed content with just my milk.
well now hes fussy again and hungry right after he's done breastfeeding for like an hour . ive tried everything,, breastfeeding consultants, la leche leage ( very helpful) ,,,,, ive taken the fenugreek pills... and i dont know whats wrong ,,, i cant seem to pump for than 1 1/2 ounces and he doesnt seem full ever!
i havent given up because i really want to breastfeed at least for 6 months ,, 12 ir possible... but i cant seem to just breastfeed alone... i hate supplamenting .... im on the brink of insanity ... i hate this!
i just called my OB and she's going to prescribe something to increase your supply .... not sure what its called...
i guess thats my last hope
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I dont know if this is the case, but here are some things that I suspect:
1. Growth Spurt. How many weeks is he? You said for 2 weeks it went well, then it got rough. Thats a classic time for a growth spurt (2 - 3 week time frame). Then the next big one is at 6 weeks. Is he around that mark? (Give or take a week). You were going through a tough time getting him off of supplementing, which explains that part, but now that youre done with supplementing & "back at square one" it just sounds a lot like a growht spurt.
2. Expectations - I hate this one lol. Breastfed babies simply do eat more often. Youve supplemented, so you may have had a little bit of a break in terms of how often youre feeding baby. For the first 6 weeks, its totally normal for them to eat every 1 - 2 hours. Then it will start spacing out a bit more, 2 - 3 hours. Breastmilk is digested MUCH quicker - in as little as 20 mins. So literally - in an hour - theyve had an empty stomach for 40 mins! And that space of feeding time of 1 - 2 hours is from the BEGINNIGN of hte last feeding, not from when they finished... which many moms dont realize. So just a heads up onthat one
3. Pumping - you are actually pumping a GREAT amount for having a newborn. if youre able to pump 1 - 1 1/2 ounces (both sides combined) thats actually really good. It goes back to expectations. Moms see those 6 oz bottles and think they should at least fill them halfway, but so not true.
At one month, an infants MAXIMUM stomach capacity is only about 2.5 ozs!!! And thats not necessarily how much they eat a ttime either!
At one time - if you are feeding expressed milk, feeding every 2 hours, they will only be getting about 2 ozs on average each time. If youre pumping 1.5 ozs, thats GREAT!!! Your baby is more efficient than the pump, and you get a good bit just from the let down itself... so keep those things in mind!
Add just 3 more feedings a day in (eating just a little more than an average of every 2 hours) and thats only 1.5 oz per feeding!
So hang in there... I would say spend another couple days in case this is a growht purt just nursing, yes its tough but its so worth it. YOu can make it through - it will liekly only last 2 - 3 days if you stay away from supplementing (supplementing drags it out). Count wet diapers and thats how you know hes gettin genough. With growht spurts, theyre getting enough at a time, just need more to signal your body to increase the calories & amount as they grow & their needs grow