First, thank you - I've been reading here since my 10 wk old was born and have learned a lot. I need to ask for some help on a topic I haven't seen yet.
I'm a FTM. My baby has been EBF since we left the hospital (he was given some formula after pumped colostrum the day he was under the lights for jaundice), with a bottle of expressed milk about one feeding per week since wk 4. We had a rough start with soreness and shallow latch but we got help and things improved.
He usually takes one side per feeding. Sometimes he gets fussy at the breast maybe 7-ish minutes in. I thought it was due to the flow slowing and have had luck switching sides (read that here ). The last week or so I would say that happens more often. Also the last week he has started to sleep one 4-hr stretch at night. The rest of the night he wants to eat every 1.5-2hr on average. He also typically asks for more feedings in the evening, sometimes an hr apart.
Baby developed a wet cough and a rasp last night and the pedi had me bring him in today. His lungs are clear right now but she said a lot of RSV is going around and to watch him closely. They also weighed him and didn't seem concerned about it but he's only gained about a half oz per day the last 10 days (he was in then for 2-mo shots). Before that he'd been steady (after a slow start) at 7oz/wk.
Tonight he didn't stay at the breast long but still seemed hungry. We thought it might be congestion (he's not snotty yet so we can't suction)...after some effort, DH was able to give him about 2 oz of milk that I pumped this morning and he seems satisfied.
I felt that I "missed" this feeding because baby didn't take much and I wanted to protect supply and prepare in case baby can't/won't nurse overnight so I went to pump (Medela freestyle) and I only got about a half oz from one side (the one he nursed from) and 1.5 from the other.
I'm worried bc I'm putting together the weight gain slowing, the having to switch sides to finish a feeding, and this pumping output and wondering if I'm starting to have a supply problem? I don't know why that would be but I'm a little scared. Have I done something wrong? If so can I fix it?
I want to make sure he's getting enough especially since he's sick and needs to stay hydrated, and I want to get whatever antibodies I can in there to help him. I really hope I'm overreacting!
Thank you for any thoughts you can offer. This forum has really been a life saving resource for me and I appreciate it very much.