Hi there LLL Ladies, I need a bit of advice...
So DD is now 3 months and to start off with her weight gain was fantastic averaging at at least an oz a day. However, now her gain has slowed dramatically (saw the doc yesterday and she hadn't gained anyting in 2 weeks?!). My doc has said that if it's the same next time I see her we'll have to introduce supplements When I was having difficulties with DS my doc was great and really helped me continue bfing. This time round she doesn't seem fussed and I feel she wants me to take the easy way out. I know if I start supplementing it'll kill my supply! I have already lived the disappointment of going half bm / half formula with DS and really don't want to go down that path agian. Honestly, I was so happy and contented that this time round bfing was 'a breeze'! Can bfing really go all hairwire at this stage after such a good start?
DD (to me) has a good latch, feeds on average 8 times a day, has plenty wet (every change) and dirty (1-2 a day) nappies, is happy if not sleeping after nursing and her other stats are fine. She has recently started having a break of 8 hours after her evening feed (typically she nurses around 9pm then wakes and nurses again around 5am) - could that be having an effect of my supply? Is 8 hours too much for a 3mo? The other thing I've noticed is that she's gone from nursing for 20 minutes on each side to about 5 (sometimes when I insist she stays for 10mins) on each side. I know LO's get more efficient, but can she be THAT efficient?
As for myself, I am recently feeling more tired, due mostly to me having to do all household chores, cooking and looking after the 2 LO's alone. When I try to speak to DH about helping he just gets angry, so for the past few weeks I've left it alone. The thing that's worrying me with this is that I only have just over a month left before I have to go back to work and I really can't see how I can keep up with working full time, then coming home to all of that too.
For me, it's not an option to stop bfing - I love it too much as I know it's the best food for DD - but I just feel that I have no-one around me to help tackle this.
I'd appreciate any thoughts or advice on how I can increase my supply and get round this tiredness. Once again, thanks in advance.