Re: Do I have a supply issue?
Hi. It's me again.
Here's the latest. I took my boys in for their 1 month check up this week. They only weigh 7lbs (they were 5lb15oz at birth) which makes them underweight for their age. The doctor still wants me to continue to supplement expressed BM (2 oz a day per baby). I had managed to cut out the supplementation at your encouragement the week prior so I was excited to be on a roll but after hearing they're behind in weight, I want to help them grow as much as possible so I've added it back in. (I know! Probably wrong thing to do!) I don't offer the bottle when they're fussy. I do it to top off feedings when they still seem hungry after they've been nursing for a while - I usually give them each 1oz midday and before bed. So here's where they are...
At night they sleep anywhere between 2.5-5 hours and they nurse for about 30 mins at night, so things are good there. But during the day, they want to eat every 1-1.5 hours or so and then they stay on the breast for 45min to an hour. For example, today they nursed from 10-11am, again from 12-1:30. I put them down for a few minutes and they both screamed in hunger so they are back on the breast right now and it's 1:45. I totally don't mind (love it, actually) so I'm happy to do it but again the doctor felt like at this age they shouldn't be eating that often. I know my doctor's objective is to have healthy growing boys and she probably doesn't care as much as I do about EBFing (but she's a huge supporter of BFing), but I also want healthy growing boys. I'm still pumping for 15 mins after most feedings (usually 6x a day) and I get anywhere from 4-9oz a day. But on a day like today where they're nursing constantly, I don't pump until evening.
So a few more questions:
1. Does it seem odd to you that one month olds want to nurse that frequently during the day?
2. Is it normal for your pumping output to vary like that on a day to day basis? I sort of feel like the day I got 9oz was a day that my supply increased to keep up with their demand but the last 2 days I was not able to pump that much. Perhaps my supply is up, but they're eating more so I'm able to pump less again?
3. Also, does my pumping output seem low to you? I keep reading about women who will pump 5oz after a feeding in one sitting!
I plan to continue putting them to the breast whenever they are hungry or showing signs of hunger. I love my time with them and that's what I'm here for who ! To care for my babies.
Clueless FTM who desperately wants to EBF twins
Last edited by @llli*babybaker; August 18th, 2011 at 11:47 AM.
EBF FTM to twin boys born at 37w on 7/15/11!