Hello! I'm at FTM with an 8 week old son who needs some help.
During the first 6 days of DS's life, he was exclusively being breast fed. After that, I developed some back problems at my epidural site and lower back. So between that and my C-section incision, I was having problems holding DS to feed him. So most of the day was breast feeding, while night time was formula feeding. Now we are EBF! I am working very hard on pumping to have a stash so hubby can help me when I need to leave the house. So far, I'm barely getting 4 oz, so I seem to be making just enough to satisfy DS and nothing more.
So here is our problem... From 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM is DS's fussy time. He likes to cluster feed during this time and is difficult to soothe. Sometimes I need to leave the house in the evening. We only have one car and some days I need some mommy time! But I also volunteer part of my time with a dog rescue group as a dog trainer and I just can't take him with me. So since I'm having trouble pumping, hubby will give DS formula. Now here is the problem... We can give DS 4 oz of formula and 30-45 minutes later he will be screaming for more. Its also the same if he gets a 4 oz bottle of breast milk. He just wants to be fed constantly during this time.
We're concerned about him gaining weight to quickly. When he was 50/50 formula and breast milk fed, he gained 2 pounds in 2 weeks. His doctor expressed slight concern over this. This was between his 3 week and 1 month appointments.
So my question is... How do we handle this? Should we start "fussy time" with a 5 oz bottle and then only give 2 oz at a time? Give only 3 oz at a time?
I plan to review this with his doc, but some one has the hiccups and refuses to be put down right now, so I figure this is a good time to ask!