Blockfeeding led to Undersupply - help!
Hi LLLI Moms,
Hoping you can all give a paranoid first time momma some guidance and encouragement - I really want to continue breastfeeding until my son is at least a year!
I was engorged with milk in his 1st, 2nd and 3rd week of life. I would pump about 1oz before each feeding so that he wasn't choking on a fast let down and could also access more of the hind milk, which led to more production. I began to blockfeed, two feedings on each breast (about 4-6 hours) and this worked wonderfully. He had at least 6 heavily wet diapers and about 4 dirty ones per day. He gained 2.5lbs his first month!
He is now 5 weeks old and 3 days ago my supply reduced drastically. I now have to offer both breasts in order for him to feel satisfied (however, at night, he is extremely fussy and crying at both breasts after 5-7 minutes). He nurses every 2 1/2 - 3 hours, and when he is hungry again, my breasts continue to feel very empty (letdown sensation also reduced). I use breast compression to aide more milk coming down, but it isn't enough to satisfy my little barracuda! He also has now begun to fall asleep at the breast and suckling, but not drinking milk. I am completely fine with allowing him to use my breast as a pacifier, but it has not helped my milk supply
I should note that he does get one bottle from Dad a day - his last bottle of the evening before he sleeps through the night (3 1/2 oz). The nipple has a very small hole so he still has to "work" a little to get the milk like he would if he were at my breast.
To help increase supply, I have pumped after nursing (I now only pump 3oz between both breasts...in 30 minutes). After 3 days, I don't see much of a difference in supply and I am concerned I am not producing enough to feed him. I began to take one capsule of fenugreek a day, and increased my fluids intake. He used to have at least 5 heavily wet diapers, but in the last 3 days his diapers have been much lighter in weight. He has approximately 2 stools a day, and they have a somewhat acidic smell. I am bringing him to the pediatrician tomorrow for a weigh-in.
Sorry for the long post but is this normal?? How can I ensure he is eating well if his diapers have become lighter in weight? What can I do to increase my supply so that he is getting his fill at least every 2-3 hours
Thanks to all in advance for your input!!
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