This week, baby boy (21 weeks) has seemed hungrier than ever. I've been back at work for about 6 weeks and he has slowly increased the amount of breastmilk he takes during the day. He went from 3 4-oz bottles to now sometimes more than 4 4-oz bottles (yesterday he had about 22 oz between 8:30-4:00).
This worries me because:
1. My supply is not increasing to keep up with his desire to eat more, so I've been taking from the freezer stash for the past couple of weeks.
2. My freezer stash is gone, as of this morning.
3. I'm worried he's eating more in the day because he's not getting enough at home (my supply is lowest at the end of the day, after I've pumped 3x at work).
He has been frustrated, and I hear his hungry cry from about 6pm until he goes to bed. When I try to nurse, he gets frustrated after not getting milk immediately (as he does from his daytime bottle), and pulls and jerks his head back and forth at my nipple. This week I've taken to giving him a bottle at nighttime, and he calms down immediately as soon as I do that. Last night he ate 2.5 oz bottle, the other night he had 3.5 oz bottle.
I pump 3x a day at work, drink tons of water, started fenugreek last week, eat oatmeal for breakfast...can I do something else to increase my supply?
He is 5 months this sunday, and has always been a little chunk of a boy (18 lbs currently). Is it time to start supplementing with formula? Solids (ped said we could start rice cereal if we wanted to, but I wanted to wait until 6 mo.)? Should I work on increasing my supply to match his needs? Something is going to have to give soon!