I need help. My little guy is almost 5 months old now, and we have been battling his distractibility for nearly 2 months now. And now, he's so physically active, that I can't hardly keep him still. It has affected my milk supply and also his weight gain.
Here are some of his stats:
Birth 9lbs 2oz...dropped to 8lbs 3oz
1 month: 10lbs 3 oz
2 month: 11lbs 11oz
4 month: 14lbs 2oz
And a few days shy of 5 months: 14lbs 7oz
--Which amounts to 5 oz in a month.
I feed on demand (which amounts to every 2-3 hours during the day, and while he was doing a 6-8 hour stretch at night, he's back to one 4-5 hour stretch, which is fine). He still eats about 8 times per day, but sometimes for only 2-3 minutes (not that he's ever been a long nurser, but this seems kind of extreme--and he's definitely not emptying the breast . Sometimes I have luck in a dark, quiet room. But during the day, with a 4 year old brother, that's just not always possible. Our best feedings are definitely our nighttime ones (around 8p, 11p when I feed him while he sleeps, and whenever he wakes up after that). There is no way I can squeeze in more night feedings, I'm a NICU nurse, and I'm barely feeling like I can function well as it is, and my little patients need me to be firing on all cylinders lol.
At work, I pump 4 x per 12 hour shift...and originally he was eating about 12 oz while I was gone (and still getting 4 additional feeds from me before/after, I was even setting an alarm and waking to feed him around 3 am). With his eating behavior, my output dropped to 9-10oz, which isn't enough for him (especially with his lack of weight gain). I did 2 courses of Reglan, which helped immensely, but, of course, you can't stay on that long term. Now, I'm taking a very low dose of Domperidone, which is very effective, but, while I will if I have to, I don't want to stay on meds forever.
I need him to eat better. What else can I do to encourage him to eat better? Is this just a phase that will pass eventually (2 months is a long time, and if he's like DS1, he's just going to get crazier lol)?