Help!! So confused
So sorry this will get long....I would REALLY appreciate any advice!
Quick history: I have twin girls that are 5.5. They were premature and I had a very difficult delivery. I did everything I could to try to nurse them but after four months of pumping and never getting them to latch I gave up. They had colic and reflux and it was EXHAUSTING.
My son is 6 weeks old and I am determined to make nursing work. We have had a bunch of different issues. He still has jaundice, it is finally going down as of the last week. We did the bili-light, then my ped had me do 36 hours of formula. I was terrified that he wouldn't go back to the breast, but he did just fine. I pumped during that time and got 5-6 each time so I was encouraged that my supply was ok. Week 2 and 3 nursing seemed to be going really well. It was very comfortable and DS was gaining weight great.
About week 4 I was trying to figure out what was going on with DS and decided I was having over-active letdown. He was getting sprayed a lot, he was making a clicking sound sometimes, having TONS of gas, and biting my nipples like a vice. I switched to block feeding to combat that, also cut out major dairy and caffeine hoping it would help him sleep and with his spitting up and gas.
Finally he was diagnosed with a UTI which explained why his jaundice had gone back up AGAIN. So we got on antibiotics. He started having a lot more reflux but I hoped it was due to the antibiotic.
The last three days have been INSANE. He has been nursing around the clock, by that I mean 1-2 times an hour and he will go as long as I let him. Even at night. Not sleeping well at all. He is super loud when he sleeps, tons of grunting and elephant noises (that has been since early on but seems worse). He is acting uncomfortable, often arching his back and stiffening his legs. I went ahead and filled the prescription for Zantac, I figured we will try it for a week and see if it gives him any relief. They only time he has slept well over the last couple days was in the Ergo or sleeping on my chest. When he is nursing he often bobs his head on the breast and gets upset, like he can't seem to latch on. He pulls off pretty often.
Tonight he nursed for nearly a half hour and just to experiment I fixed him a bottle (we still had formula from before). No flames, please, I just wanted to see if he was really hungry. He quickly downed over 4 oz of formula. So I am assuming from this that he is not getting enough and that my supply is down? I quit block feeding, obviously, and am working on upping my water intake. I have some of that tea that is supposed to help. What else should I do?
Re: Help!! So confused
hi there. 6 weeks is a common age for a growth spurt so most babies nurse nurse nurse around this time. try to just let him nurse when he wants, he knows what to do to keep your supply where it needs to be.
the arching of the back sounds like reflux but i am not sure since i have not experienced that.
also, about the formula, bottles flow super fast in comparison to a breast so its no surprise he seemed to "suck down" that bottle. it just pours out. the only indication for whether or not a bf baby gets enough is output. here is a good link count those diapers!
keep him close and nurse him all the time if that what he is cueing for. you are doing a good job.