Newbie needing help! ***UPDATED AGAIN*** ***This may be it for us***
Hi ladies! DD is one month and going through a growth spurt that my supply just isn't keeping up with. I've tried fenugreek and lactation cookies, but nothing seems to help. My LC recommended pumping after every feeding, but I have 3 other kids at home and just cannot find time (mostly bc of my 19 month old climbing everything while im feeding DD). Can you ladies help me out with some suggestions? DD is our last baby and I really want EBF to work this time. Thanks in advance!!
I saw my LC again Friday. She was also concerned about my supply. I was instructed to pump and feed baby the expressed milk for a full day, just to see how much I was producing. I am only pulling out about 1/2 oz to 1oz from each breast every two hours. After sleeping all night without pumping I only produce 2oz in the morning. I have taken fenugreek, tried the mothers milk tea, and lactation cookies. What else can I do. Obviously 1/2 - 1oz is not enough for a five week old to thrive, as she has only gained 5 grams in nearly a week. Please help!
So Baby girl is now 7 weeks old! Today was our first weight check in since January 27th, and she has gained 4oz in those two weeks. It is significantly better than her previous weight checks. Her diaper count is great, and after a 15 minute feeding today during the weight check she had taken about 2oz, so I know she is eating enough. Any ideas on what could be keeping her from gaining weight?
*****NEW UPDATE***** May 2, 2012
Baby girl is 4 months now. We have been supplementing for nearly 2 months. She began gaining weight and put on nearly 2lbs in that two months, but today at her weight check she had lost 5oz. (She was up to 9lbs last week and now 8lbs 9oz) I feel terrible.
* A little backstory * - We thought she was tongue tied so got a referral to the ENT who said shes not (no lip tie either). The day we went for that appt the new dr. (an IBCLC) suggested the supplements. During the first 3 weeks of supplements baby girl refused to use the SNS. She HATED that tube in her mouth so much that she would refuse to nurse for fear of it being stuck in her mouth again. We tried cup feeding, and spoon feeding. She wouldnt have it. She would choke herself. So we used a bottle (slowest flow nipple available). She then developed a nipple preference, at this point we were down to nursing maybe 3 times a day at best, and only when she was so tired she didnt notice. Since then we have been working our way back to nursing every 2-3 hours with a 2oz supplement after (this took several weeks to accomplish). Things were going really great for about a week until our weight check today.
The new dr (Not the IBCLC) wants her strictly formula fed now. =( She says baby girl is just not holding onto enough calories to gain sufficiently. And instead of staying home enjoying my baby we are stuck with weekly weight checks that I dont want to go to. I know you will all say "just dont go then" but its not that simple. While the Air Force cant force me to take her, my husband can get in trouble for 'neglecting her healthcare'. This sucks. I just dont know what else to do. I dont want to give up breastfeeding.