Re: Fussy Cluster Feeding and Weight Gai
Excellent advice from the PP. I think that if it is possible to review your commitments and find a way to adapt your schedule to the baby instead of trying the adapt the baby to your schedule, a lot of your issues will go away. You can't really change a baby's behavior, particularly his normal evening cluster feeding behavior, but you can sometimes change what/when/how you arrange your non-baby life. For example, maybe you could bring husband and baby with you to the training sessions, or simply reschedule them for earlier in the day or during the day on the weekend.
If rearranging your life doesn't work, I suggest trying the following fussy evening strategies:
- break the bottles down and offer smaller amounts more frequently
- motion: sometimes rocking, swinging, strolling, etc. will calm a fussy baby
- holding: closeness, body warmth, and regular breathing can soothe, so have someone wear baby in a sling, perhaps even skin-to-skin
- fresh air: both my kid's would stop fussing the moment I took them out of doors
- warm water: a bath in the sink, perhaps even in the tub with a grown-up
I suggest reviewing the following link on pumping: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html. In particular, check ut what is normal when it comes to pump output.
A pound a week is normal growth for an exclusively breastfed baby. EBF babies often gain weight extremely quickly in the early weeks/months, and then slow down around 4-6 months as they begin to expend more calories on activities like reaching, rolling, crawling, scooting, etc. However, a pound a week of growth is something to look at when the baby is getting a lot of bottles, because it is so easy to overfeed when using a bottle. I think it's great that you're back to breast milk-only- that really should ease your mind as to whether or not the growth you're seeing is normal.
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