I can't believe this is happening. Let me give you a synopsis of my breastfeeding journey thus far.
My little boy, Aidan, was born at 35 weeks. He had some respiratory distress, requiring suctioning and high flow oxygen for a few days. He was in the NICU for 8 days total. While in the NICU, it was clear that like a lot of late-preterm babies, Aidan was having trouble nursing. He didn't have a ton of stamina at the breast, and didn't have the suck swallow breathe sequence down very well. So, at the encouragement of the NICU attending, and the lactation consultant who works in the NICU, we started giving Aidan bottles. I was pumping every 3 hours, and had developed more milk than my baby needed per feeding. I was freezing the rest. We went home giving him 6 bottles and breastfeeding 2 times per day if he could tolerate it and topping him off with bottles as needed. As time went on, I offered the breast for most feedings, did tons of skin to skin, and basically worked on breastfeeding every day. As we got closer to his due date, Aidan really started to get the hang of things. By about 4 weeks of age, he was getting at least 7 sessions at breast and 1 bottle per day to get his vitamin that the NICU doctor recommended due to his prematurity. He regained his birth weight plus by 10 days of age, and we went to his 8 week appointment on Thursday and he gained almost 2 lbs in 2 weeks. His birth weight was 5 lbs 12 oz and he is now 9 lbs 9 oz. He is a great nurser now. He doesn't get sleepy like he used to, and has a good latch. We worked with the lactation consultants as an outpatient for a bit, and I think we have worked out our logistics.
So now, we are having the following issues:
lots of spit up, and increasing over the last few days
green, watery stools over the last few days
I think the 2lbs in 2 weeks is a lot of weight. Could be just catch up growth since he was premature, though.
Rare coughing at breast
Wants to eat every 2 hours, which I realize might be normal or just cluster feeding. He was pretty regular at every 3 hours before, though.
Sometimes fussy at breast (so I thought my supply was too low, and started pumping after feeds)
I am noticing random let-downs during the day, not associated with Aidan nursing. He is not really fussy, but I think I have a pretty mellow baby. He has been slightly irritable, but nothing major. I don't want to get to the point that he starts having a lot of discomfort or starts having inadequate weight gain.
I offer both breasts each time we nurse. I think maybe I'm switching too soon? I was switch nursing to keep him awake at first, and I just kept doing it.
I'm afraid to do the block nursing because I don't want to be wrong about oversupply and end up with low supply!
We have worked so hard and come so far. I hope we can work out this kink!
I was pumping after my first morning feed to add to my freezer stash for when I go back to work. I was also drinking some nursing support tea.
I need a plan to tweak our routine. Any thoughts?