My LO is 3 weeks old. I am new to being a mom and new to BFing. In the hospital, she was latching on great and sucking on each side for about 30 min each! We were in the hospital for 4 days and by the last day, she would suckle for 45-90 min on each side! She has been steadily gaining weight. He BM is still yellowish, sometimes green. The night we came home, I believe my milk came in suddenly. I was so engorged that she could not latch. We were both crying. I called the hospital and they told me to pump. So I have been pumping since. She took a bottle that night. We have been breast and bottle feeding since. She is doing well with both. We had to start bottle feeding because, I am going back to work soon. I work 24 hour shift with EMS and my husband will have to feed her along with sitters. The first week or 2, I was getting about 10-15oz with every pumping. I was still nursing her about once a day. This past week, I am only getting maybe 6oz total with each pumping. That is total with both breast. I am not sure why my production has gone down.
Also, she is only 3 weeks old and eating 4 oz at a time about every 3 hours. Is this normal?
She has started to become very fussy. We are doing Mylicone drops and gripe water with her feedings. She is still very fussy and will sound as though she is straining very hard to have a BM sometimes. She will do this for an hour or 2! This is heart breaking for me. I have cut out all cheese and trying to eat an apple a day. Also, trying to eat salads!
With my pregnancy, I had ALOT of weight gain. I started out weighing 136 and ended with 206! I weighed more after having her than I did before I had her. I had a very complicated pregnancy and 31 hours of labor with a natural birth. So, I am trying to eat healthy with the goal of loosing some weight. I have lost about 35lbs so far, but all fluid. The Dr had me on Lasix and BP meds! I am only on BP meds now.
I am mainly concerned with why my production has decreased. I have been trying to massage prior to pumping and I have increased the number of times I pump as well as nurse.
Also, with her being so fussy, she has her days and nights confused. I am also trying to work on that. I get up with her during the week for now due to my husband working M-F 8-5 with his own business and he takes Fri and Sat nights for me. The Dr gave me Ambien for those nights.
I know this is alot, I am just lost and confused. I had discussed stopping BFing with my husband, but he is against it. I am concerned about how it will all work out when I return to work. I work 24 hour shifts as a Paramedic with EMS. WE tend to stay quite busy, so I am worried about the discomfort and frequency of pumping while at work. Plus, I work with alot of males, and if the tones go off while I am pumping, I have to drop and go.