I have been having problems since my son was 5 weeks old. he is just over 3 months and the problems continue. I started supplementing my milk with my own expressed milk or formula. He often was fussy and my pediatrician felt that I didn't have enough milk for my baby. I have tried everything to increase my milk and there are times when I need to give a small supplement bottle and other times when he wants 4 times supplements throughout the day. It is hard, very depressing and it have to admit, I am starting to get really tried... especially now that it has become more apparent that he prefers the bottle and I am scared that I will lose my milk. this morning I decided to give him a bottle for a full feeding (the first time) and I pumped mine. It had passed three hours since I had last breastfeed him (he normally eats every 3 hours but sometimes less) and I got 100ml total (roughly 60ml from one and 40ml from the other) it is not a lot but it isn't nothing either. this is my problem - from the beginning, since he was born, I have always had a surge of milk when he first attaches, then there is about 3 minutes of very little milk that comes out and then another surge.... he used to be patient but he is no longer (as he likes the bottle) so he might get 20 ml from a breast and then fuss, he won't stick to it. My milk has ALWAYS come in this way, a surge - a moment of very little and then another surge of milk. My husband said that he thinks that I have engorged breast... that it takes time to break down the milk. I don't know if that is possible, I don't have sore breast or nipples. the only thing that I can think of is that sometimes I do get red in the face when I finish breastfeeding and it has been pointed out to me a few of times. people ask if I have a fever and I say no of course. I guess I WILL have to measure that next time.
This is my question - does this sound like engorged breasts? and is it possible that my feeding is just unique? that my breast flow is different? my son is no longer willing to work. I am also thinking of stopping breast feeding and just express my milk from here on as I am finding it so discouraging but I am concerned that I will not be able to do that for a long time... when he is 6 months we have an 18 hour plane trip and I think from that point on it will become difficult as we will be contantly traveling. I was hoping to breast feed him to one year.
thank you for your attention