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HELP please!

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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So I am very upset, today my 3 week old baby was officially diagnosed with Laryngomalacia. He has been having breathing problems for almost 2 weeks so today we went to an ENT and had a laryngoscopy done to confirm. My problem is the specialist wants me to measure his feedings (2oz at a time) and up until today we have only been breastfeeding. This breaks my heart since the last 3 weeks have been hell in the BF area and I was just starting to enjoy it. So I have a few questions. 1) is there any possible way to tell ABOUT how much they are getting from brestfeeding? like so many oz per so many minutes? I know it wont be accurate but possibly close? 2) If I do have to pump and bottle feed, how do I keep my supply up? 3) after pumping how much milk is usually left in breast? I was thinking of pumping then letting baby finish up on each breast. Any answers would be great!! !

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kittymeri
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

weigh baby beefore and after feeding is all i can think

Momforhealth
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:39 PM

If you pump everything, that should tell you how much baby is getting.  I think your body should be just making what baby demands.  It is like supply and demand.  Anything you take out of the breast is going to be what your body makes..so if you pump and then breast feed, your body will make what you pumped and then what baby nursed.  Your body adjusts to the demand of baby.

When I pumped which was with only 1 of my 4 kids..He nursed like every 2 hours for an hour.  When I worked I could only pump 1 oz...my Dr. said that was all he was eating.    I hope this helps.

Haylee1113
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:50 PM

If you want to continue breastfeeding I would invest in a baby scale so that you can weigh before each feeding and then weigh after he nurses. how much he gains is how much he got.

pumping will not tell you how much he is getting while nursing since he can get 2 to 3 times more than the pump. and how much per how many mins doesn't work because babies are so different. Some can drain a breast in 8 mins and some need to nurse for 45 mins- 1hr to drain you.

lifetimelove
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:58 PM

No, pumping will not tell you anything.  I can pump 6 ounces, but my daughter has a feeding disorder and can only take 2 ounces AT THE MOST at my breast.

OP, get a baby scale.  I got a $45 one at Target (safety first, I believe).  I weigh  baby before and after each feed.  Except at night, because I don't think it's an accurate assessment, since I'd be waking baby up every time she nursed and then would have to start the process all over.  lol.  For night time sessions, I just estimated what the baby got based on how long she nursed and comparing it to what she got during the day - I usually assumed one ounce each time she nursed at night, based on how she nursed dring the day.

Weighing before and after is pretty darn accurate.  I even did this with baby food.  I weighed the baby food (in this case it was two ounces).  I weighed her before, fed her the baby food, and weighed her after.  She gained exactly 2 ounces.

Ounces of breastmilk correlates DIRECTLY to the amount of ounces they gain in weight.

Quoting Momforhealth:

If you pump everything, that should tell you how much baby is getting.  I think your body should be just making what baby demands.  It is like supply and demand.  Anything you take out of the breast is going to be what your body makes..so if you pump and then breast feed, your body will make what you pumped and then what baby nursed.  Your body adjusts to the demand of baby.

When I pumped which was with only 1 of my 4 kids..He nursed like every 2 hours for an hour.  When I worked I could only pump 1 oz...my Dr. said that was all he was eating.    I hope this helps.


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gdiamante
by Gina on Apr. 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM


Quoting staciaw:
. 1) is there any possible way to tell ABOUT how much they are getting from brestfeeding? like so many oz per so many minutes? I know it wont be accurate but possibly close?
No, there's no measurement like that. No two babies will do the saem thing. Before/after weighing for every feeding is all you can do.
2) If I do have to pump and bottle feed, how do I keep my supply up?
Pump EVERY TWO HOURS without fail. 64 ounces water. Oatmeal every morning. 3000 mg fenugreek daily, three cups mother's milk tea daily. These are "musts."
3) after pumping how much milk is usually left in breast? I was thinking of pumping then letting baby finish up on each breast. Any answers would be great!! !

There's no real answer to that except "always enough." Go ahead and do JUST THAT. BEST thing you could do.

staciaw
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Thanks for all the ideas, I have another question, The dr wants me to feed him with him sitting up as much as possible,  It usually takes him an hour to eat so I am going to try to feed for 10 minutes and burp really well then feed 10 more and so on. I can do it with him sitting up on one side but he has always had a hard time latching on the other side (kinda flat nipples) would it be ok to nurse only one one side and pump the other every 2 hours???

jackiewal10
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2010 at 9:16 PM

I was going to say this too.  Invest in an at home infant scale.  They can be a little pricey, but having one may allow you to continue BF, instead of having to pump and use a bottle.

Quoting kittymeri:

weigh baby beefore and after feeding is all i can think


lifetimelove
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Yep.  I only nursed my son on the left side and pumped on the right side because I had an inverted nipple on the right side.  After like 6 or 7 weeks the nipple was permanently exverted from all the pumping, and I was able to nurse him on that side.  But to that point I never nursed on that side.

Ironically, that is now the "favored" side of my children.  =)

Quoting staciaw:

Thanks for all the ideas, I have another question, The dr wants me to feed him with him sitting up as much as possible,  It usually takes him an hour to eat so I am going to try to feed for 10 minutes and burp really well then feed 10 more and so on. I can do it with him sitting up on one side but he has always had a hard time latching on the other side (kinda flat nipples) would it be ok to nurse only one one side and pump the other every 2 hours???


Have a child with special needs?  Don't have a diagnosis?  Come join other moms of special needs children without a diagnosis at my group:


www.cafemom.com/group/undiagnosed


 


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