Re: Desperate for advice
Best way to gauge whether or not baby is getting enough milk is to watch diaper output very carefully. Here's what to look for, birth to 6 weeks:http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/enough-milk.html. It can be hard to judge the amount of pee in a newborn diaper, so tuck a square of tissue paper in front of your baby's genital area. When he pees, the tissue will be visibly wet.
How do you know your milk isn't in? A lot of moms expect that they will see huge, engorged breasts or streams of milk, and it doesn't always work that way. If you express some droplets onto the nipple surface, what do they look like? Clear and yellow is colostrum. Translucent or cloudy cream-colored is milk. The first mature milk tends to be quite yellowish, because it still contains an admixture of colostrum.
When supplementing a newborn, use small amounts of formula. 2 oz, maximum. Babies will eat more than that from a bottle, but that's because bottles deliver a very rapid milk flow compared to the breast and it's hard for a baby not to overeat. If you use a bottle, use a slow-flow (newborn) nipple and pause the feeding frequently, to help the baby stay accustomed to the natural pauses of milk flow that come from the breast. If you can, use a bottle nipple that is designed to be breast-like- Adiri and Breastflow make them. When latching the baby onto the bottle, make that experience as much like breastfeeding as possible. Bring the baby close to the bare breast, tickle his lips with the bottle, and wait until he opens WIDE before putting the bottle in. It's easy to let baby develop a sloppy latch from getting a bottle slipped into a half-open mouth.
Every time you offer the bottle, pump. The best way to get milk supply going is frequent stimulation to the breast. Use a good pump- hospital grade rentals are best but you may not be able to obtain one over the holiday, so use what you have or can get your hands on. A Medela Pump In Style would be the best off-the-shelf option.
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