Hi everyone. I just found this forum and am hoping I can get some good suggestions! I am a 3rd time mom to a 3 week old. I ebf my daughter (now 7) despite a very rough start (had to have my gallbladder out 3 days after we were discharged, pumped and dumped for a week but ended up nursing her for 1 year). My 2nd child I lasted only 10 months... became very depressed and chose medication over nursing.
Anyway, this little guy wasn't getting enough calories and lost 10% of his birth weight on his 2nd day in hospital, then started getting dehydrated (maybe 4 wet diapers per day) then became very jaundiced. The midwife suggested we nurse on both sides and then offer him formula or pumped milk after. So... I took this suggestion. Well, we all know the effort to drink from the bottle is less than the breast and I think this is the root of our problem. Matthias, latches on beautifully, has a strong suck and will nurse vigorously for 10-15 minutes on each side. Then he snacks... likes to stay latched on and will intermittently nurse for up to an hour... sometimes longer. Then when offered the supplement feeding drinks ravenously like he hasn't had anything in hours.
I am so incredibly frustrated! I spend literally hours with him only to end up feeling like I haven't even fed him!! His weight is back to normal, jaundice is resolved. Should I just eliminate the supplemental feeding and ride it out, nursing for hours on end, or does anyone have any other suggestions??
It is soooo difficult with the 7 and 5 year old needing mom to do things around the house, get them to school and kindergarden etc. and at the same time have an infant who wants to nurse at times, literally all day!! I'm feeling like giving up!!!
Any help would be most appreciated!