Re: 7 week old - I'm getting frustraded please help! (long!)
I understand why you feel confused.
Your precious LO is an active competent nurser and yet
1. She never seems satisfied
2. she fusses during her feeds
3. she doesn't fall asleep after eating
4. She spits up after nursing
Hmmm... so why were you told your supply was low?
Your LO is gaining weight, right?
Are you exclusively breastfeeding her now?
Although it may seems as if you are overfeeding the baby, in actuality a breastfeeding baby regulates how much milk she gets while nursing, so it is rare for a baby to suckle more milk than her tummy can handle.
Spitting up is not always due to over feeding. sometimes its b/c baby needs to burp or baby just needs to spit up.
How is her weight gain?
Does she wet 6 diapers a day?
Are you still supplementing with formula?
it is not clear to me why you were told to do this. I mean I am not sure what the professionals were concerned about.
after a baby is born the colostrum helps to clear the meconium from the baby's system.
Mothers don't produce milk until a few days after the baby is born.
If you fed formula just that one time weeks ago, I'm pretty sure that is not having an impact on your milk supply now.
healthy breastfed babies do indeed want to nurse every 2-3 hours.
Sometimes a baby likes to marathon feed every day.
My LO's liked to nurse non stop from about 4 to 7 pm, or sometimes from 7 to 11 pm. And that was in addition to nursing every 2-3 hours.
i guess what I am trying to say is you and your baby seem perfectly normal to me. As long as she is gaining weight and your nipples are not painfully sore everything sounds like it is on track.
except for the not sleeping part.
that is still troubling. it is important for you to sleep so if you could lay down and nurse her you can accomplish two things at the same time.
you might feel more satisfied with how breastfeeding is going if you can sleep and nurse her at the same time.
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