So Monroe's 1 month appt didn't go so great.. They don't feel he is gaining weight like he should be and want me to start supplementing at the end of his feedings with a small bit of formula.. I held it together in the office but I am so upset with myself.. Any Mamas go through this? They think perhaps my supply is just dwindling.. I just feel like an awful Mama.. And now I'm stressed between breastfeeding, trying to pump and supplementing.. And here today was going amazing..
Now breastfeed as often as possible for as long as he wants to feed. Don't let him go more than 3 hours in between feedings. Spend naked him in bed with just you and Monroe. The skin to skin naked time will allow him to feed as often as possible and it will trigger your hormones and increase your milk supply.
How many wet diapers is he having a day?
How many poopy diapers?
How is he sleeping?
Is he active and alert for part of the day?
Is he meeting developmental milestones?
Does he seem calm and satisfied after a feeding?
Please don't get discourage and please do not listen to the doctor just yet. Seek out the help of an actually breastfeeding professional. I can help you too!
- Drink lots and lots of water, imperative for milk supply
- If Monroe falls asleep while nursing after only a few minutes, try to wake him up by striping him down so he stays away for a longer feed. If he's been a sleepy baby at all (all three of my small babies were) he just may not be nursing long enough to get enough to put on weight
- Eat oatmeal for breakfast
- Get some Fennel essential oil, it's good for milk supply. I would put this on my breasts with my youngest but he did not like the smell so you could put it on your feet in case Monroe doesn't like the smell.
- Try using Mother's Milk Tea
- Increase your protein intake
- Get more rest, rest always seemed to help my milk supply
- Nap with Monroe letting him fall asleep nursing, sleep with him at night if you aren't already
You haven't done anything wrong, just try and focus on trying these things and getting your milk supply up, if that is what is needed or having Monroe nurse more frequently.
When E was 2 weeks he had really bad jaundice, so bad they wanted to hospitalize, but I said give me 24 hours first to see if I could get his levels down first. I ended up nursing as much as I had and pumped and fed him every hour. It worked but, they still sent us to a lactation consultant. She really helped in showing me good positions and the correct way to pump. (I have big boobs and the pump attachment was too small so it wasn't pumping the whole nipple.)
Before you start supplementing I would just add a nursing or two each day. If you supplement it could hurt your supply because he'll fill up on something else.
My supply drops every time I get my period. I know this because I pump 2-3x per week an I'll go from pumping 4oz bottles to 2oz. When this happens I will keep manual pump nearby and pump another 5min each side after she finishes nursing. Usually only drops come out but it stimulates me enough to keep my supply from dropping dangerously low during that time of the month.