Re: New Mommy with Latch Issues
A lot of moms hit this exact bump in the breastfeeding road. Usually what is going on is NOT low milk supply. It's normal supply mistaken for low supply. Here's what generally happens: when a mom starts nursing, she overproduces milk. This is the body's way of ensuring that the newborn gets enough to eat while mastering the tricky art of breastfeeding. A mom with oversupply may be able to get multiple oz of milk when she pumps (like 5 oz at a time, hint hint! ), may frequently feel "full", and her baby may become accostomed to an easy and rapid flow of milk. While oversupply sounds like a good idea- baby gets her meal and then some, right?- it's not desirable because producing extra milk is a waste of energy and puts mom at increased risk for nasty things like plugged ducts and mastitis. So eventually the body reduces supply to meet the baby's demand very exactly. At this point, mom will feel "empty" most of the time, her pumping yield will decrease, and her baby may act fussy because the milk is a little harder to get out, and babies don't like to work for their meals.
So, what do you do? At this point the absolute best thing you can do is ro count diapers carefully and to pretend the pump and the bottles do not exist. Counting diapers gives you a good idea of milk intake: good output = good input. And as far as pump and bottles go, if you use them you can easily get trapped in a vicious cycle of pumping and bottle-feeding every time your baby fusses, and that will happen more often because the baby learns that the faster she fusses the faster she gets that easy bottle. And because the pump isn't as good at maintaining supply as a nursing baby, before you know it your pump output declines and you start supplementing with formula, and that's a ticket to the end of your breastfeeding journey.
Evening fussiness is very, very normal in babies your baby's age. It's usually not caused bylow milk supply. It's just a development stage that many babies go through. Here are some things which can help you cope:
- Nurse as much as possible. If baby comes off the breast screaming, try putting her back on, and switching breasts multiple times. But she may not go back on, and if she doesn't, it's probably because she's not hungry.
- Motion. Cranky babies like to be rocked, swstake carried in a sling while mom/dad takes a walk, taken for car or stroller rides.
- White noise. Good for calming an overstimulated baby.
- Water. Try a warm bath in the sink!
- Fresh air. Take baby outside, well-bundled if it's cold where you live.
- Being held close in arms or in a sling.
- Calm. Turn down the lights, turn off the tv and stereo. You're aiming to calm an overstimulated tiny brain, and the media that we adults can easily tune out really impact babies!
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