Re: *beyond* sleepy--and beyond frustrated
What a frustrating situation! Sleepy babies can be tough. You totally did the right thing to start supplementing.
Have you tried any or all of the following baby-waking tricks? (Sorry if they're repeats for you!)
1. Keep him cool. A cool baby is generally a more alert baby. Dress baby lightly or strip him down to a diaper, and keep a fan blowing in the room where you're nursing.
2. Annoy him (gently). Use a cool damp washrag on the soles of his feet or against the grain of his hair.
3. Keep the lights dim. New babies sometimes close their eyes in response to bright light.
4. Speed the milk to him by doing breast compressions.
5. Switch sides frequently. As soon as nursing slows, remove him from the breast, burp him, change his diaper, and put him on the other side. Repeat the process as many times as possible.
Are you currently pumping? I know it sucks to do a lot of pump work on top of nursing, but if the baby isn't doing a good job of emptying the breast, you really do need to pump. The key to maintaining or increasing milk supply is to remove milk from the breast at frequent intervals. A couple tips to ease the burden when it comes to pumping:
1. Leave your pump screwed onto the bottle after you pump and pop the whole assembly in the fridge. You can safely reuse the assembly, and pump new milk on top of old, one time before everything should be washed again.
2. Instead of doing a bazillions washing-ups a day, leave a large basin of soapy water by the sink and throw used bottles and pump parts in as necessary. That way you can do just a few large washes instead of a lot of small ones.
3. Use the best possible pump. If you don't have a hospital-grade rental, I strongly suggest getting one! One nice thing about boosting your supply with the pump is that the more milk you have, the faster it typically comes out, which should mean your baby won't have to work as hard to get his meals.
Hang in there, mama!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"