First I want to say thanks to all of you who give your advice and comment on these posts!!! I wish I had had this site with my DD; maybe I would have been more successful!
Anyway, DS has reflux. We started him on Prevacid at his 2-month appointment and he got much better! He was a different baby after that....no more crying while nursing or trying to take a bottle, etc. This week, he started acting like he was hurting again and got back to the point where he appeared severely in pain when trying to nurse and when trying to take a bottle for the babysitter. It just breaks my heart to see him in such pain!!!!
Well, the last two or three days, he's decreased his nursing tremendously!!!!! You can tell when he tries it hurts, so I think he's just not wanting to, kwim? The babysitter says he does the same with his bottle and he's taking less with her as well. The pedi upped his dose of Prevacid and I'm hoping that helps, but in the meantime, what do I need to do to ensure my supply doesn't drop? Do I need to pump to keep it up since he's not eating very often? I don't want my supply to drop during this time!!!! I just don't know what to do! I can't force him to eat, kwim?!
Yesterday he had a bottle around 2:00-ish with the babysitter, and I tried to nurse him at 4:30, 6:00-ish and 8:00 and he FINALLY nursed around 9:00. So from 2:00-9:00 he didn't nurse and nursed about 20 minutes at 9:00. He had been eating every 2-3 hours for 10-20 minutes. And, he only eats on one side each feeding (at the advice of the lactation consultant) because he was having a hard time due to his reflux with let-down and she felt he would do better with just dealing with one let-down versus one on each side. She was right, once we started doing that, he did MUCH better with his nursing and always seemed satisfied, but that means when he goes 7-ish hours between eating, one side is going way over 7 hours of not having milk emptied.
Please help! I don't want to pump and pump and make too much because I did have an oald and that's the last thing he needs with his reflux, but I also don't want to not pump and empty my breasts and him not doing it and my supply drop either!
Oh, and he was 3 months on Nov. 19 and weighs about 14-15 lbs.