My 10 week old DS is an eater for sure. He pretty much came out wanting to eat and hasn't stopped wanting to eat since. This is great...except for the evenings.
From about 5pm - 3am EVERY DAY he eats....constantly. At first, he starts off eating for 3 minutes, sleeping for 5 minutes, cooing for 2 minutes, and then crying for 1 minutes (or really as long as it takes for me to pop my breast back in his mouth). After about 2 hours of this, he starts to get frustrated and pulls off my breast and starts hitting it with his little fists like it's a vending machine that stole his money. His little face even looks like "you've got to be kidding me? Where's my delicious beverage I just paid for?" After a few hours of this frustration he just gets super upset.
From 3am - 7am he usually sleeps. After that he eats every 2-3 hours and sleeps in between. At about noon, he wakes up and is pretty alert for 2 hours, takes an hour or two nap, and then is alert until about 5pm. During those hours I have lots of milk...OALD plus my breast pads get soaked through quickly, plus when he's done eating, I'm usually still leaking. Once it hits 5pm, though, it's like there's nothing. During the 3am - 5pm hours, my breasts are full and heavy...from 5pm - 3am they feel completely deflated (I know that's not necessarily an indication that there's no milk there, but I'm just giving ya'll as full a picture as possible).
I've pumped after he eats a bit in the evening to encourage production. I've hand expressed just to see if there's anything left. I get very, very little if anything with either of those methods. In the morning, I pump maybe 1-2x a week from a breast just to keep up a supply in my freezer. That's usually only when he eats from one breast, and falls asleep clearly satiated by the one breast. I very easily get 4-5 ounces from the non-taken breast each time in the morning. At night or evening, I'm lucky to get 1 ounce.
I know that during the first few months my supply is getting established, but this has been going on for over 4 weeks. I feel like this production routine is what is being established, and we are very, very frustrated by it.
He doesn't get bottles frequently (1-2x a week maybe), and in fact, when he does kind of fusses. He definitely prefers the breast. An LC took a look at my latch and positioning, and they're all good. I'm trying to make sure I'm getting whole grains and drinking lots of water. I talked to my Ped about it (my Ped group is super pro-BFing and really tries to help moms make it a successful experience). She mentioned that since it's been going on for quite some time, that perhaps giving him a smallish amount of formula later at night when he is clearly frustrated at my lack of milk would give us all some peace.
So...thoughts? How do I more evenly distribute my production, because this is driving both of us a little insane.