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January 17th, 2011, 05:06 PM
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Lilah is almost 4 weeks old and I have been nursing her since the day she was born. She has a great latch and seems to enjoy nursing but has been a fussy baby the whole time. At first we thought she was just getting used to being in the world, then we thought it was that her nights and days were backwards, then we thought it was colic. Now I don't think it's any of those things, I think it is a problem with her feeding/digestion.

After 2.5 weeks of EBF, she was still so fussy that I called her doctor. He said maybe she is still hungry after she nurses and to maybe try cutting out cows milk from my diet. Well I tried giving her formula after nursing and she drank about an ounce. This makes me think that she isn't getting enough when she nurses. I make enough milk though. She takes herself off and won't latch back on after a little bit. Or if she does latch back on she won't suck she'll just sleep.

When we give her just a bottle of formula sometimes she will drink an ounce sometimes she will drink 3-4. She never nurses more than 20 minutes though and very rarely will take both breasts.

I'm taking her to the pediatrician on Wednesday to make sure she is gaining weight well. I'm not sure what to tell her doctor about her. I'm hoping this journal will help me keep track of her feedings and fussy times.

Last feeding was 10 minutes on left side. Then I put her down and she slept for about 10 minutes and fussed so I gave her formula she drank about 1 ounce. Has been sleeping for about 40 minutes but keeps grunting in her sleep.
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January 18th, 2011, 11:35 AM
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Lilah has started nursing again today but she is still wanting to be given a bottle afterwards. She only drinks half to 1 oz of the formula. If I don't give it to her though she cries and fusses and won't really sleep. I wonder if I don't make enough fat in my milk?

No real fussiness today. Last night she did well until about 5:30 and then she fussed, DH tried to give her a bottle and she wouldn't drink. Then she finally had a big poop at 8:30 and nursed around 1030 on both breasts then again on one breast at 12 followed by formula cause she kept taking her self off and fussing. Why does she do that??
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January 24th, 2011, 03:48 PM
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Well I tried her on soy for the weekend and pumped incase it didn't help. It did help though and she is a million times happier and is eating a lot more. I'm sad that I can't nurse her anymore and it's been a little hard to deal with but seeing her play and smile and sleep soundly makes it easier.

After my first refusing the breast and my second being lactose intollerant, I'm not sure if I would even try bfing if we have a third. It is so draining both emotionally and physically. I probably would try again because when it was going well with Lilah it was so sweet I'll always look back on the first few weeks when she would look up at me sweetly while she was nursing
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February 19th, 2014, 05:36 AM
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I just came across this. Well, I hope you and your LO are doing well.
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